NHRC: 79 complaints of harassment of minorities in 2018; 19 of them from UP

NEW DELHI: Five cases of alleged discrimination/victimisation of minorities and 99 cases of similar treatment to scheduled castes were registered across the country by National Human Rights Commission between April 1 and June 15 this year. In 2018, NHRC filed 79 complaints regarding harassment of minorities, with UP reporting 19 cases, and 672 cases of victimisation of scheduled castes, of which 46% were in UP.

Junior home minister G Kishan Reddy, replying to a query from Lok Sabha MP K Navaskani seeking details of complaints received by NHRC regarding harassment of minorities and Dalits, said the number of complaints in respect of minorities had fallen from 117 in 2016-17 to 67 in 2017-18, before rising again to 79 in 2018-19. Similarly, the number of Dalits alleging victimisation before NHRC fell from 505 in 2016-17 to 464 in 2017-18 before rising to 672 in 2018-19.

State-wise, the highest cases of alleged harassment of minorities as well as Dalits were registered by NHRC in UP, which also happens to be the most populous state in the country. UP reported 19 cases of minority harassment and 311 of SC victimisation in 2018-19, up from eight and 215 respectively recorded in 2017-18. Other states from where NHRC got complaints of minorities’ discrimination in 2018-19 were Gujarat (8), Tamil Nadu (7), Maharashtra and Haryana (5 each).

As regards alleged victimisation of Dalits, the maximum cases registered by NHRC between April 1 and June 15 this year were in UP (52). In 2018-19 too, the state topped the table with 311 cases relating to SC harassment, though Rajasthan too reported 41 cases, Haryana, 33 cases and Gujarat, 32.

Source: Times of India