Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of cases of atrocities against SCs, and Madhya Pradesh tops the list for cases of atrocities against STs in India. In the south, Andhra Pradesh has the worst record among the five states.
All five south Indian states have made it to the top-15 list when it comes to crimes against Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people, as per the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. The NCRB data, which has been released months after it usually is this year, showed some disturbing trends continue in the southern states.
Andhra Pradesh is ranked 5th, Karnataka 6th, Telangana 9th, Tamil Nadu 11th and Kerala 12th, when it comes to incidences of crimes against Dalits. Uttar Pradesh tops this list with 10,426 incidences.
Sexual crimes against SC women from the southern states increased in 2016. Andhra Pradesh saw a total of 2335 cases against SCs in 2016 – up from 2263 in 2015. Of these, there are 303 cases of assault on SC women to outrage their modesty; 247 of the 303 cases are of assault on women under section 354 of IPC, and 28 are of sexual harassment under section 354A of IPC. There are also 90 cases of rape against SC women.
For Karnataka, there were 93 cases of rape of SC women. There were also 49 cases of assault on SC women with to outrage their modesty, of which 35 cases are under section 354 of IPC, and 4 under 354A.
There were 142 rape cases against SC women in Kerala. Other than this, Kerala also saw 61 cases against section 354, and 28 under section 354A.
Tamil Nadu had 40 rape cases against SC women. There were also 25 cases of assault on women to outrage their modesty.
Telangana saw a high number of rapes against Dalit women, with the number of reported cases in 2016 at 160. The state also saw 36 cases under section 354, and 28 cases under section 354A.
In the list for incidences of crimes against Adivasis, Andhra is ranked 4th, Telangana 7th, Karnataka 8th, Kerala 11th and Tamil Nadu 14th. Madhya Pradesh tops this list with 1823 cases.
Here, too, sexual crimes against women form a large chunk of the cases. There were 29 cases of rape of SC women in Andhra Pradesh, 19 cases in Karnataka, 47 cases in Kerala, 41 cases in Telangana and 1 in Tamil Nadu.