Dalit leader killed in Karnataka

Bengaluru: A Dalit leader has been hacked to death by perpetrators in broad daylight posing the question mark on the state’s law and order situation in Karnataka. Narasimha Murthy, an anti-caste activist, was killed while he was having tea at a shop in Tumakuru.

The police are investigating the matter to ascertain the reason behind his brutal murder. The state is infamous for caste-based violence and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data revealed that of the 9,588 cases that went to trial in Karnataka, there were convictions only in 25 cases, a conviction rate of only 0.26%.

Among the South Indian states, Karnataka is at the top when it comes to cases of atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis. NCRB data also highlights the low conviction rates in such cases.

Out of 9,588 cases that went to trial in different courts in Karnataka, there were convictions only in 25 cases. This shows that only in 0.26% of cases justice was delivered. In 2017, Kerala recorded 0.51% convictions in cases of atrocities against Adivasis and Dalits. Whereas other states have a slightly better record in such cases. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, in the same year, recorded conviction rates of 1.09%, 1.94% and 1.57% respectively.

Karnataka has the lowest conviction rate in violent cases against SC community people among the southern states at 3.6%. The conviction rate in Tamil Nadu stands at 12.5%, while it is 8.1% in Telangana, 5.5% in Andhra Pradesh and 5.9% in Kerala.

first published:June 15, 2022, 11:27 p.m.

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