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10 July 2012

Conviction rate in SC, ST cases maximum in Madhya Pradesh

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Conviction rate in cases pertaining to crime against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is the maximum in Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh in the country. Conviction rate in cases pertaining to Scheduled Castes is 35.1 percent and Scheduled Tribes 33.2 percent. The national conviction rate in cases pertaining to Scheduled Castes is 35 percent and Scheduled Tribes 25 percent.

The conviction rate in cases of crimes against Scheduled Castes is 3.9 percent in Maharashtra, 7.9 percent in Orissa, 9.7 percent in Kerala, 11.5 percent in Bihar, 14.3 percent in Assam and 15 percent in Andhra Pradesh.

Similarly, the conviction rate in cases of crimes against Scheduled Tribes is 7.3 in Andhra Pradesh, 20.9 percent in Orissa, 25.5 percent in Jharkhand, 12.2 percent in Bihar, 5.1 percent in Karnataka and 3.7 percent in Maharashtra.

Compared to year 2010, the rate of crimes against Scheduled Castes has come down by 0.43 percent and cases pertaining to Scheduled Tribes by 2.87 percent in year 2011. Challans have been filed in 98 percent registered cases in courts. It is the maximum compared to other states.

Meanwhile, prompt action is also being taken in cases of human trafficking in the state. During year 2011-12, as many as 31 cases of human trafficking were registered and 130 women and children were rescued. In all, 219 accused were registered in these cases. There is a proposal to set up 24 units of human trafficking prevention units in the state. Eight units have been set up in the first two phases. In all, 212 Family Counselling Centres are being run in the state to prevent families being disintegrated. 

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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