MP registers decrease in crimes against SC, ST

HT Correspondent

India, June 14 -- The ruling party may heave a sigh of relief in the election year as Rajasthan surpasses Madhya Pradesh in crimes against scheduled tribes (ST) as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report for 2012. MP topped this list in 2011.

In crimes against scheduled castes (SC), though there has been a decrease from 3,245 (in 2011) to 2,875 (in 2012) the state continues to be on the fifth position among the states in the country.

There has been a slight decrease in the cases of crimes against scheduled tribes. In 2011, the number of crime cases in which people from ST were victimised stood at 1,284, which have come down to 1,218, as per the 2012 report. It is because of the increase in such crimes in Rajasthan that MP comes down to second position from the first.

MP's contribution to all India crimes against ST is 20.57% as against 22.81% of Rajasthan. Percentage wise, the other states whose contribution to all India crimes against ST are in two digits are Odisha (11.62%) and Andhra Pradesh (11.25%).

The crimes against ST in MP (as per the 2012 report) include 62 murders, 288 rapes and 45 cases of kidnapping and abduction. As far as crimes against scheduled castes are concerned the other states which have registered more cases than MP include Uttar Pradesh (6,202), Rajasthan (5,559), Bihar (4,821) and Andhra Pradesh (3,057).

The crimes (2,875) against SC people include 88 murders, 367 rapes, 64 kidnapping and abduction, 27 arsons and 704 cases in which they were hurt.

SC population as per census 2011 report (provisional) report is 1.13 crore as against 4.13 crore of Uttar Pradesh, 1.22 crore of Rajasthan, 1.65 crore of Bihar and 1.38 crore of Andhra Pradesh.

To protest the fact that MP has again emerged on the top in context of rapes with women and children, members of the Bhopal Youth Congress burnt the effigy of home minister Uma Shankar Gupta at the Rang Mahal Square on Thursday.

HT had reported on Thursday that according to the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau, in year 2012, MP has recorded highest number of rapes including child abuse.

The Youth Congress members led by vice president Monu Saxena said, "While the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in state is patting its own back on schemes like Beti Bachao, Ladli Laxmi and others, ministers and other leaders of BJP are busy in corruption. Crores of rupees are being spent on the publicity of the schemes, but the law and order situation in state has collapsed completely while the home minister Uma Shankar Gupta is sleeping." He said that the government has been projecting false statistics to seek publicity."If the home minister does not resign, we will launch a campaign against him," Saxena said. Uman Jain, Vikki Khongal, Abhilesh Jain, Dilip Mhaske, Moin Khan, Akhilesh Tiwari and others participated in the protest.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.