Atrocity cases: Guj promises NHRC to deal with low conviction



Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has promised that meetings of the state vigilance committee to review implementation of laws for protection of rights of SCs/ STs would be held regularly, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson KG Balakrishnan on Tuesday said.

The state also assured the high-powered delegation that it would look into the low conviction rate in Atrocity Act cases.

As per the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Monitoring and Vigilance Committee should meet twice a year.

The committee recently met after a gap of around two years. Balakrishnan, who spoke to the media after an open hearing session, said that as to the low conviction rate in crimes against backward classes, "Mr BC Patel (member of NHRC) has stressed with them (Gujarat government) upon the reasons... Lack of proper police investigation or lack of action from police."

NHRC also asked the Gujarat government to formulate a contingency plan for the benefits of victims of social boycott.

"We were told by officials that a contingency plan is in place, and we shall see to it that plan for the benefits of victims of social boycott is properly implemented," Justice Patel said.

The commission was reportedly informed by an NGO during the open hearing session that people in 77 villages had migrated due to atrocities or social boycotts by other casts.

PTI