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Implementation of the SCs&STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 in Karnataka

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Karnataka is among the top states in the number of atrocities against SCs and STs. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, Karnataka ranks sixth in the country in the number of crimes against SCs and eighth in crimes against STs—though by population, Karnataka ranks ninth in the country. This means that there is a higher incidence of crimes against SCs and STs in the state than the nation.

Of the 30 districts in the state, 15 are declared ‘atrocity prone’ by the state government.