1,000 Dalits victimised every year in Gujarat: RTI activist

Gujarat witness victimisation of nearly 1000 Dalits every year, according to an RTI activitist. Gujarat is ranked amongst the most developed state in the country. According to the claims made by the RTI activist, around 20 Dalits and 45 Dalit women are raped every year in the state.

Dalit social activist Kirti Rathore obtained the figures for the last 10 years - 2006 to 2015 - via a response to an RTI query. Kirti says the crimes and atrocities committed against Dalits are not decreasing as the laws to quell them are not being implemented strictly in the state.

The Gujarat government has neither issued any letter nor made rules or regulations to implement the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act-2015.