A 25-years-old Tribal lady was raped by a police officer who has been arrested within the Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, police acknowledged on Could 5. The officer took her from a marriage to a forest close by on a motorbike, allegedly raped her, after which took her again.

The police officer Jagdish Prasad, 59-years previous, was suspended six months earlier than his retirement. He was the Assistant Sub-Inspector at Bhalta Police Station and was engaged on a case filed by the sufferer in opposition to her in-laws since January 2022. The sufferer alleged that he had been constantly calling her underneath the guise of the criticism.

When the incident occurred on Could 2, the sufferer knowledgeable her husband, and went to file a criticism in opposition to Prasad within the Bhalta Police Station itself. The FIR was lodged “underneath Part 376 (2) (a) (i) (rape by a police officer inside designated police station limits) of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.” mentioned Circle Officer, Girdhar Singh as reported by NDTV.

The Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe Act, 1989

The Act was carried out because it was believed that the civic prison legal guidelines within the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been insufficient to guard the marginalised communities who confronted historicised discrimination and prejudice within the type of violence. The Act was amended as per the Supreme Court docket verdict, 2018, to cease the misuse of the Act by SCs and STs. Earlier than the modification, they may file a criticism in opposition to an alleged offender, and the offender could be instantly arrested with out query.

Effectivity Of The Act: Floor Actuality

Violence in opposition to SCs and STs has been prevalent in India even after implementing the POA Act of 1989. In accordance with the Nationwide Human Rights Fee report in 2016, as reported by NDTV, 16 tribal girls within the Bijapur District of Chattisgarh had been raped, gang-raped, brutalised, and sexually assaulted by safety personnel, all totally different circumstances in October 2015 itself.

The report has termed the police ‘liable’ as even when the FIRs are lodged, no motion or arrests are made. A lot of the tribal areas in India have a presence of safety forces additionally, comparable to North-East, Chattisgarh, and so on. The police and safety personnel are often hand-in-hand; thus, even in circumstances the place the victims have recognized the lads and their names, police have refused to take motion.

The Act has not successfully curbed atrocities in opposition to tribals, who’re already socio-economically deprived. The momentum with which these incidents happen signifies an appalling pattern of intolerance and hypermasculinity. The current case, two days again, the place two tribal males had been killed for allegedly slaughtering cows in Madhya Pradesh, is simply one other pin on the map of atrocities dedicated in India.

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