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Court orders framing of charge against couple under SC/ST Act

A couple has been ordered to be put on trial by a Delhi court for allegedly making derogatory and castiest remarks against a scheduled caste widow publicly.

Additional Sessions Judge T R Naval said there is prima facie enough evidence against the Delhi-based couple to order framing of charges against them for the offences under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.

He ordered framing of charges against them for offences dealing with intentionally insulting a member of a scheduled caste in a public place to humiliate him/her.

‘Prima facie there is sufficient material to frame charge against both the accused for the offence of atrocity punishable under section 3 (i) (x) of the Act. Let charge against them be framed accordingly,’ the court said.

The order came on widow’s complaint, which said she belonged to scheduled caste and the accused, who are her neighbours and belonged to a higher caste, uttered castiest remarks to humiliate her publicly last year in March.

The police, after probing the case, had filed a charge sheet against the couple for the offence punishable under section 3 (i)(x) of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.

During the arguments on charges, the counsel for the couple said the widow was not having the scheduled caste certificate on the date of the alleged incident and it was obtained subsequently from a place outside Delhi. The defence counsel sought discharge of both the accused but the judge ordered framing of charges against them.
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