Fate of anti-atrocities Act in Gujarat more than two decades after it was promulgated to protect the rights of Dalits and Adivasis
December 11, 2013 1 Comment
Kantilal Parmar*, a senior Dalit rights activist with the Navsarjan Trust, Ahmedabad, analyzes how the anti-atrocities Act remains on paper in Gujarat even two decades after it was promulgated. A writeup to mark the Human Rights Day, which fell on December 10:
Even 66 years after Independence, whether it is India or Gujarat, there is no end to atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis. Violation of basic human rights, including social and political rights, has become an almost daily affair. There have been large number of cases when, those seeking to raise their voice by becoming aware of their rights, are hacked to death. Women’s dignity has come under stress, even as the state machinery remains indifferent. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (anti-atrocities Act), promulgated by Parliament to protect the basic human rights of the scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs), was put into operation following the declaration of rules in 1995, which laid down procedures to implement the Act. Yet, basic provisions of the Act are not being implemented in Gujarat.