The Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

An Act to prevent the commission of offences of atrocities against the members of the Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes, to provide for Special Courts for the trial of such offences.......

Sec 2 (a) " atrocity" means an offence punishable under Sec 3.

Sec. 3 Whoever not being a member of a Scheduled caste or a Scheduled Tribe

(i) forces a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled (hereinafter referred to as SC &ST ) to drink or eat any inedible or obnoxious substance;

(ii) acts with intent to cause injury, insult or annoyance to any member of a SC or ST by dumping excreta, waste matter, carcasses, or any other obnoxious substance in his premises or neighborhood;

(iii) forcibly removes clothes from the person of a member of SC or ST or parades him naked or with painted face or body or commits any similar act derogatory to human dignity;

(x) intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a member of a SC or ST in any place within public view.......shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years ......

(2) Whoever not being a member of SC or ST -

(I) gives or fabricates false evidence intending thereby to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby cause, any member of SC or ST to be convicted of an offence which is capital by the law for the time being in force shall be punished with imprisonment for life; and if any innocent member of a SC or ST be convicted in consequence of such false or fabricated evidence, the person who gives or fabricates such false evidence shall be punished with death............

Sec 14 Special Court For the purpose of providing for speedy trial, the state government may constitute a special court to try the offences in this Act......

Sec 21. Duty of the Government to take adequate measures to implement the Act

(i) the government shall provide adequate facilities, including legal aid, to the persons subjected to atrocities to enable them to avail themselves of justice;

(iii) the provision for the economic and social rehabilitation of the victims of the atrocities

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