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The Court observed that as per Section 15A(5) of the Act, the right to participate in any court proceedings is conferred upon a victim or his/her dependents.
The Kalaburagi Bench of the Karnataka High Court recently observed that a victim under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 [SC/ST Act] would include the victim's family members and dependents (Marenna @ Mareppa v. State).
A Single Judge Bench of Justice Hanchate Sanjeev Kumar held,
Karnataka High Court
In the present case, the informant was the mother of the injured person. Therefore, she was 'definitely' a victim, the Court held.