Updated: October 22, 2015 3:13:58 am
Data available with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show a seven-fold increase over 15 years in the number of incidents of crime against Scheduled Castes in Haryana.
In 2014, Haryana reported 830 incidents of crime against Scheduled Castes — Dalits form roughly 20 per cent of the state’s total population of 2.5 crore, according to the 2011 census.
This figure was 117 in 2000. Since then, the count has been going up in the state under different governments.
INLD’s Om Prakash Chautala was Chief Minister between 2000 and 2005. Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress succeeded him and was in power until October last year. In 2005, there were 288 incidents which went up to 380 in 2010 and reached 830 in 2014.
These are the NCRB figures for Haryana over the last 15 years: 117 in 2000; 229 in 2001; 243 in 2002; 195 in 2003; 217 in 2004; 288 in 2005; 283 in 2006; 227 in 2007; 341 in 2008; 303 in 2009; 380 in 2010; 408 in 2011; 252 in 2012; 493 in 2013; and, 830 in 2014.
According to government figures tabled in Parliament, as many as 444 cases were registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in 2014 alone. In 2011, Haryana police registered 408 cases, it went down to 252 in 2012, shot up to 493 in 2013 and touched 444 in 2014. The rate of conviction in these cases is dismal, averaging around 12 per cent.
The major cases of violence include lynching of five Dalits in Dulina village in Jhajjar district in 2002, burning down of Dalit houses in Gohana in 2005 and burning alive of a physically challenged girl and her septuagenarian father in Mirchpur in 2010.
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