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Chunduru: On the Road to Justice

As India prepared to celebrate 60 years of independence, a special court delivered its verdict on the case relating to the massacre of dalits in Andhra Pradesh in August 1991. This article goes back to the carnage and traces how the accused were convicted, thereby instilling a sense of hope and trust among the many victims of violence.

T he most signicant development as regards the deliverance of justice for Andhra Pradesh, and indeed for India, that marks the nations 60th anniversary of independence, is the court verdict in the Chunduru dalit massacre case of August 1991. The special court under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, convicted over 50 persons accused of attacking dalits in Chunduru, of whom 21 were found guilty of murder and imprisoned for life. The decision came 16 years after the attack, in what is the rst major case in Andhra Pradesh to be brought under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. This is in fact what set the case apart from the earlier cases of colle ctive violence and grave assault against dalits in Karamchedu, Neerukonda and Padirikuppam.

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