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The data was provided by home ministry in response to an unstarred question on Tuesday. (Mint)
The data was provided by home ministry in response to an unstarred question on Tuesday. (Mint)

NHRC registered 79 cases of discrimination against minorities and 672 against SCs in 2018-19

  • A comparison of data in the last three years also shows that the number of cases of harassment against in 2018-19 is significantly higher than those in the earlier two years
  • The NHRC registered the least number of such cases in North East states

New Delhi: The union government on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha about the state wise break up of number of cases of discrimination or victimization against minorities and scheduled castes registered with the National Human Rights Council (NHRC) for the last three and a half years. In 2018-19, the NHRC registered 79 such cases of harassment against minorities and 672 such cases against Scheduled Castes (SCs).

A comparison of data in the last three years also shows that the number of cases of harassment against in 2018-19 is significantly higher than those in the earlier two years. This figure stood at 464 in 2017-18 which was dip from 505 such cases registered in 2016-17. India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, accounted for the highest number of such cases in all these three years. In 2018-19, this figure was highest with Uttar Pradesh accounting for nearly half (311) such cases.

The data was provided by home ministry in response to an unstarred question on Tuesday in which it also said that 99 such cases of harassment against SCs have been registered since 1 April to 15 June this year and 5 against minorities. The question was posed by Tamil Nadu lawmaker K. Navaskani from the Indian Union Muslim League.

For cases of harassment against minorities, the year 2016-17 registered maximum of 117 such cases, followed by 2018-19 and the least in the three years was registered in 2017-18 at 67 cases. Interestingly, the NHRC registered the least number of such cases in North East states. In the three and a half years that were assessed, Manipur registered no cases of harassment against either minorities or SCs.


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