Madurai, Tirunelveli, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Theni and Dindigul recordeda higher number of crimes against Dalits

Over the past five years, Tamil Nadu has witnessed a sharp rise in atrocities against Dalits, especially in Madurai district.

According to a recent study carried out by Madurai-based NGO Evidence, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Theni and Dindigul recorded the highest rate of violence and crimes against Dalits, especially women, among the districts

The report reveals that, except for the Dharmapuri violence in November 2012, Dalit victims have not been compensated or rehabilitated across the State over a period of 18 years.

The NGO studied 124 cases registered under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, between January 2009 and August 2013 in 25 districts of the State. The victims in all these cases were women. The cases included 45 cases of physical assault, 36 rape cases, 17 sexual harassment cases, eight attempt to rape cases and 16 murder cases. The findings showed that of the 16 murder cases, only one resulted in conviction. “After the Dharmapuri incident, 20 case studies were done by the NGO. In most cases, the government had blamed the victims for not reporting the crimes, whereas the victims blame the police for not registering cases,” said A. Kathir, Director, Evidence.

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