SC/ST Act attracted only if offence is committed because victim belongs to SC/ST, not merely because victim is member of SC/ST: Chhattisgarh HC

There is nothing to show that an offence would be attracted only because it is committed on a person belonging to a reserved category, the Court said.
SC/ST Act attracted only if offence is committed because victim belongs to SC/ST, not merely because victim is member of SC/ST: Chhattisgarh HC
Chhattisgarh High Court

The Chhattisgarh High Court recently held that the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (SC/ST Act) will be attracted only if the offence was committed on account of victim belonging to the SC/ST community (Pavas Sharma v. State Of Chhattisgarh and anr).

A case under the SC/ST Act would not be made out merely because a person against whom an offence has been committed belongs to SC/ST community, the Court said.

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