PUDUCHERRY : Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes P M Kamalamma pulled up a top police official for not registering cases on complaints against atrocities towards Scheduled Caste persons. This took place at a review meeting of the officials of various departments of Puducherry administration that was held on Monday.
According to sources, Kamalamma enquired with the police officials about the number of cases registered under relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The police official came out with the numbers. He said there were 15 cases registered in 2011, 20 in 2012 and 16 in 2013, under the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act, 1955. The Commission member expressed dissatisfaction and told the police official that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has more teeth in ensuring justice for the victims. She then asked him to explain a sample case registered in a complaint by a member of the Scheduled Caste community. But, the top police official struggled to explain it.
Later, a number of individuals/organisations submitted a memorandum to the Commission member specifying the nature of atrocities committed against them. Elumalai, in a complaint, recalled the assault on the Dalits in Keezhsasthmanagalam on December 31, 2011 and said the Mangalam police did not take any action to book the culprits under the SC/ST (PoA) Act. He requested Commission’s intervention to ensure appropriate measures for proper justice and rehabilitation.
Another petitioner Vetrivel, referring to the Nettapakkam incidents in which Dalits were attacked by Vanniyars on April 4, 2014, said no action was taken against the culprits. He further said false cases were foisted against the Dalits.
Pazhanivel, another complainant, making note of the attack by Vanniyars at Periyar Nagar Colony on November 29, 2012, said no proper FIR had been filed despite a complaint. He demanded the intervention of Commission to ensure compensation for the victims and a separate ration shop for the Dalits in the area.
Collector Sundaravadivelu told that the Union Territory has a scheduled caste population of 1,96,325 which was 15.73 per cent of the 12,47,953 as per the 2011 census. Puducherry has itself has a total number of 1,53,406 Scheduled Caste population, Karaikal has 35,348, Yanam 8,427 people and Mahe 144.