When would an offence lie under SC/ST Act? Supreme Court answers

Meera Emmanuel August 28 2019
P Chidambaram

It is not enough that a victim of crime belongs to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe for an offence to lie under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (SC/ST Act). In order to attract an offence under the SC/ST Act, it must also be shown that the crime was triggered because the victim was a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

Observations to this effect were made in a judgment passed by a Bench of Justices . . .

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