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

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