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Victim under SC/ST Act includes family members of person who suffered harm, can take part in proceedings: Karnataka HC

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.

Rintu Mariam Biju

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,

"Therefore, the definition “victim” as enumerated in the Act is wide enough, which include any individuals who falls within the definition of the SC/ST Act who has suffered or experienced physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally or monetary harm or suffered harm to his or her property. If a person sustains injuries arising out of crime then, he himself, his parents, family members are also to be considered as victim as per the above definition."

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.

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