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Atrocities against dalits highest in UP

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Bhopal, May 16 (PTI) The cases of atrocities against dalits were highest in BSP-ruled Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) said today. The Commission would submit its final report to President Pratibha Patil by May 26, NCSC Chairman Buta Singh said. "Uttar Pradesh tops the list of the states followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh in atrocities against scheduled caste," Singh told reporters here. At times, Bihar surpasses UP, and some times MP goes to the second place in connection with the atrocities on the dalits, he said, adding that first three positions keep changing among these three states. "We will submit our final report after visiting different states to President Pratibha Patil by May 26," he said. He said Punjab, Harayana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are not lagging behind in offences against dalits. Singh said that the worst part of atrocities being committed on the oppressed class was that the complainants were being pressurised to withdraw their cases by the police on the directive of the state machinery. They (dalits) are in double trouble as they face the brunt of the police in form of counter complaints after they get their cases registered, he said. Singh said that NCSC''s team is in Madhya Pradesh after coming across reports of atrocities on the dalits. "Before my tenure comes to an end shortly, I am going to submit my report to the President, Singh said. He said that NCSC had already submitted a report about a year back. He did not indicate what the report would contain but it would deal with issues like atrocities on dalits as also various other issues facing the community, according to sources.

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