Merely taking caste name without intention to insult will not constitute offence under SC/ST Act: Karnataka High Court

Insult should be intentional and the intimidation should be with intent to humiliate a member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe so as to constitute an offence under the SC/ST Act, Court observed.
High Court of Karnataka
High Court of Karnataka

The Karnataka High Court recently held that merely taking the caste name of a person belonging to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, without any intention to insult or humiliate them, would not become an offence under the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015 (SC/ST Act) [Shailesh Kumar V v State].

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