From: Siddhartha Kumar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: zestcaste <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, 21 February, 2011 9:27:48 PM
Subject: [ZESTCaste] Website to create awareness on atrocities under SC/ST Act
NEW DELHI, February 17, 2011
Website to create awareness on atrocities under SC/ST Act
The Department of SC/ST of the Delhi Government would be launching a
website to create greater awareness about the provisions of SC/ST
Prevention of Atrocities Act and special courts are also being
contemplated to deal with such atrocities.
Chairing a meeting of the State-level Vigilance and Monitoring
Committee set up under the provision of Rule 16 of SC/ST Prevention of
Atrocities Act, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit directed the department
to work towards launching the website. She said it would facilitate
registration of FIRs related to violation of rules under the Act and
go a long way in preventing atrocities against SC/ST.
At the meeting, it was pointed out that victims of such atrocities
have been facing difficulties in getting their FIRs registered. It was
also decided that sign-boards stating designated police officer in the
police stations and Sub-Divisional Magistrate offices be put to enable
the victims to seek assistance in getting their FIRs registered.
The Delhi Government would also consider setting up dedicated courts
for trial of offences relating to atrocities against SC/STs. To ensure
compliance of the Act, the Government has constituted a State-level
Vigilance and Monitoring Committee headed by the Chief Minister and
the Secretary SC/ST Welfare has been nominated its nodal officer.
The issue of victimisation of domestic helps and other helping hands
being provided by placement agencies was also discussed.
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