Chandigarh, Nov 29: Uttar Pradesh registered 4397 cases of alleged atrocities against Dalits last year, the highest in the country, a top official said on Wednesday.
A total of 26,127 cases of Dalit atrocities were recorded last year across the country, vice chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes Fakirbhai Vaghela told reporters here.
"From UP we have got maximum number of complaints at 4397. The pendency of trials of such cases in this state is also the highest at 25,996 as of last year. Out of a total of 26,127 cases of atrocities (countrywide), 669 cases were of murder, 1172 of rape and 258 of kidnapping," he said.
Vaghela said that 288 cases of atrocities were registered in Haryana and 140 in Punjab.
Among the bigger states, he said West Bengal had the lowest number of such cases, though he did not give any figure.
He said that no case was reported or was pending in courts in Chandigarh.
Vaghela said there is a huge pendency of cases pertaining to atrocities in different courts in the country and last year's figure of cases in which trial was pending was 87,467.
"What is even more a matter of concern is the conviction rate, which is 29.8 per cent countrywide. However, West Bengal, where the cases of atrocities are also less, has a good conviction rate at 50 per cent," he said.
To a question, he said the commission has raised with the centre the issue of giving more teeth to it.
"Even though we have various powers like that of a civil court, in our last meeting we had proposed several measures to the centre which would further give us more teeth," he said.