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Web based tool to monitor atrocities on dalits, tribals

Feb 12, 2015

National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ – NCDHR) to hold Training Workshops to promote the use of - Atrocity Tracking and Monitoring (ATM) System

New Delhi: In order to monitor the atrocities targeted towards Dalits and Adivasis in the country and to ensure speedy justice to them, a unique web based tool- Atrocity Tracking and Monitoring (ATM) system has been launched under the aegis of National Coalition for strengthening SC & ST PoA Act (NCSPOA) by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ – NCDHR).

A two-day training workshop will also be organised in March 2015 in New Delhi to promote the use of ATM amongst the concerned stakeholders.

Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are two of the most vulnerable communities in India in terms of discrimination and violence. Some of the worst forms of violence that they face have been officially recognized as atrocities under the SC/ST (PoA) Act. There are 22 forms of atrocities covered under the Act out of which there are some most gruesome forms such as murder, rape, mass attack, arson, etc, attracting higher penalties in order to deter the occurrence of such crimes.

“The ATM system has been built with an objective of providing a tool in the hands of the Dalits and Adivasi to report atrocity and avail timely justice. ATM is also extremely useful for Dalit human rights activists and organisations, to create and maintain a repository of cases, track records, and facilitate information exchange for timely action,” says V A Ramesh Nathan, General Secretary, National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ).

“At present, more than 100 atrocity cases have been reported from different parts of the country. The users of concerned states have sent Email and SMS notifications to the officials in their region regarding the cases of atrocities against dalits.”

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (2001-12), the extent of atrocities committed against SC’s & ST’s is enormous. Nearly 3,70,234 crimes have been committed against SCs & STs, 15,917 women have reportedly been raped, 7,900 murdered, 49,514  brutally attacked and severely injured, and 1,59,692 other forms of atrocities have been committed. Only 32% of crimes have been registered under SC& ST (PoA) Act, and the conviction rate under SCs and STs (PoA) Act is meagre 24.8%.

ATM contains functionality that is common across all human rights organisations and particularly to National Coalition partners working on caste atrocities. ATM helps in creating triggers & alerts through emails and short messaging system by various stakeholders in order to monitor the atrocity acts against dalits and tribals in different parts of our country.

Under the ATM system anyone having access to internet can go the website where a helpline number is given- 9898915455. As soon as a person sends a message on this number, the website automatically identifies its circle and sends a message on the mobile number of the concerned DHRD in that circle.

After the message is received by the DHRD, he enquires the validity of the case. Once the validation is done, the DHRD goes to the concerned authority to facilitate necessary action against the atrocity case. Simultaneously, the DHRD also uploads the case on the ATM website from where the progress on the particular case can be tracked. Such cases then become accessible to all the DHRDs in the other regions.

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