In 2013, with 39,408 cases, the country witnessed an increase of 17.1 per cent over 2012 — when 33,655 cases were reported against SCs. An increase in cases of such crimes was observed under all heads, except arson, during 2013 over the previous year.
With 20.5 per cent of the SC population, UP accounted for 18 per cent (7,078 out of 39,408 cases) of these cases followed by Bihar with 17 per cent and Rajasthan 16.4 per cent.
As per NCRB data, a total of 676 cases of murder were reported in the country during 2013 compared to 651 cases in 2012, registering an increase of 3.8 per cent. Of this, UP accounted for 222 cases or 32.8 per cent.
In 2012, 6,202 incidents of crimes against SCs were reported in UP, which was 18.43 per cent of all India figure.
“I have raised the issue in the last review meeting that separate police stations should be set up, especially in the districts where crimes against SCs and STs is high, like Hardoi and Sitapur,” Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes PL Punia told PTI.
Following thE review meeting, an informal committee has been set up in this connection which would submit its report to the state government.
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