Special courts to deal with atrocities
By Our Special Correspondent
HYDERABAD,MAY 9. The State Government will soon set up nine special courts to deal with atrocities against people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes, at Nellore, Kurnool, Cuddapah, Medak, Karimnagar, Krishna, Nizamabad, Guntur and Mahabubnagar.
This was stated at an all-party meeting held by the Home Minister, Mr.T.Devender Goud, here on Wednesday. Preventing temple entry and social boycott were heinous practices, he said.
Mr. Goud said apart from launching an awareness campaign, the Government might amend the SC and ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act to ensure speedier disposal of cases. The Government identified 800 villages in which atrocities were on a higher side, he said.
On the issue of rape of a tribal woman of Samstha Narayanpur mandal of Nalgonda district, which figured in the Assembly recently, the Minister said lab tests absolved the police and CRPF officials of the crime. He said the DNA test proved that the stains on the clothes of the 'victim' matched with her husband's but not outsiders'.
Mr.N.Narasimhaiah and Mr.P.Ramaiah of the CPI(M) demanded punishment to the erring police officials. Mr.D.Srinivas and Dr P.Shankar Rao of the Congress and Dr.K.Laxman of the BJP said there was something amiss in the police version and there was a suspicion that the police had sent the wrong samples for the DNA test. Mr.Lal Jan Basha and Mr.R.Chandrasekhar Reddy of the TDP urged the Home Minister to investigate the case from all angles as there was suspicion