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Sexual assault, rape top crimes against scheduled castes

   Sexual assaults against women and rape are the top crimes against scheduled castes (SCs).    Among India's 29 states, multicultural Goa, ranked 26th by population, has the highest crime rate against SCs.    In absolute numbers,
India TV News Desk October 27, 2015 16:37 IST
India TV News Desk
  •    Sexual assaults against women and rape are the top crimes against scheduled castes (SCs).
  •    Among India's 29 states, multicultural Goa, ranked 26th by population, has the highest crime rate against SCs.
  •    In absolute numbers, Uttar Pradesh, India's most-populous state, reported the most crimes against SCs.

 These are some of the highlights of crimes against SCs, gleaned from the Crime In India 2014 report, released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

There were 67 crimes against SCs in Goa the state is 66% Hindu, 25% Christian and 8% Muslim for every one lakh scheduled caste individuals, the data reveal. Goa is followed by Rajasthan (66) and Andhra Pradesh (49).

The major crime against SCs is assault on women to outrage her modesty (Section 354 IPC).

The section is further classified into sexual harassment (section 354A IPC), assault or use of criminal force with intent to disrobe (section 354B IPC), voyeurism (Section 354C IPC), stalking (Section 354D IPC) and others.

As many as 47,064 crimes against SCs were reported in 2014, according to NCRB, a 44% rise over five years, from 32,712 in 2010 to 47,064 in 2014.

Crimes against Dalits, the lowest among scheduled castes, recently hit the headlines.

A young Dalit writer escaped an attack in Karnataka by a group of men who threatened to chop off his hands for writing against the caste system, perceived by them to be "anti-Hindu".

In Haryana, upper-caste Rajputs burnt alive two Dalit children as revenge against their father for a murder last October.

Uttar Pradesh (8,075), India's most populous state, reported the most crimes against SCs, followed by Rajasthan (8,028) Bihar (7,893), Madhya Pradesh (4,151), and Andhra Pradesh (4,114).

The top five states accounted for 69% all crimes against scheduled castes across India.
The main crimes against scheduled castes include assault on women to "outrage her modesty" (2,742), rape (2,388), grievous hurt (2,267), riots (932) and kidnapping and abduction (884).

Murder is the sixth-most committed crime against SCs with a total of 794 cases reported.

Of 47,064 crimes against SCs in 2014, 40,300 cases were reported under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Atrocities Act.

(Indiaspend.org is a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit).