All insults not offense under SC/ST Act
6 nov 2020
All insults to a person who belongs to Dalit or tribal communities will not be an offense under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes( Prevention of Atrocities Act ).Insults will be taken into account for a victim belonging to SC or SC only. The court commented that such insult to the victim should be made with reference to his/her caste. There should be an intention to humiliate a member of Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe for a reason that he/she belongs to such caste.
The court was hearing an appeal filed by a man, Hitesh Verma, booked under the Act for allegedly abusing a Dalit woman in her house.
The court found that allegations against Verma do not fulfil the basic ingredient under the Act that such humiliation should have happened in public view.