Crimes against women, including assault, rape and sexual harassment form a major chunk of the overall reported crimes against Dalits and tribals — such cases form 35 and 40 per cent of the total crimes against Dalits and tribals.
When Dr Ratre answered them that he belonged to a Scheduled Tribe community, the accused individuals demanded that only an 'upper caste' doctor should treat the two injured women, the police official said.
“Since the matter is very sensitive and has caused a lot of unrest and a sense of disharmony in the country, communication to states and UTs were sent to inform them regarding the amended Act,” an official said.
Noting that caste-related violence was continuing in the country, the Dalit leader from Maharashtra said irrespective of which party is in power, the government should take stringent action against the perpetrators.
In comparison to the 1,006 cases of atrocities lodged during the year 2010, the number rose by over 50 per cent to 1,515 till the end of 2017. By the end of June 2018, an additional 795 cases were registered in the state.
Claiming that the BJP was inept at “running the government”, Mallikarjun Kharge also lashed out at the Fadnavis-led state government over the rise in incidents of farmer suicides in the last couple of years.