ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Sthabir Khora

Misconstruction of the Anti-atrocities Act’s Misuse

Drawing upon a study, this article examines whether the “final reports,” which is the official term for closed cases under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, are justified or not. The popularly accepted notion is that the act is misused by members of the Scheduled Castes against the upper castes, but there is no acknowledgement of its misuse by the upper castes using the former as proxy.

'Final Reports' under Sec-498A and the SC/ST Atrocities Act

The failure by the police to file a First Information Report is the subject of much debate but the Final Report by which a case is closed has received scant attention. This article reflects on the findings following a study of 100 Final Reports each under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The police's differential stance on these two laws has major implications in terms of justice delivery.