Hyderabad: On July 29, G Narasimha, a Dalit farmer, was killed when he tried to stop illegal sand lifting from his land at Thirumalapur in RajpurMandal of Mahabubnagar district. He was mowed down by the lorry which was used for sand lifting.

On July 30, Dalit farmer Byagari Narasimulu committed suicide after authorities allegedly grabbed his land for the construction of Rythu Vedika.

These two cases are just the tip of the iceberg.  According to National Crime Report Bureau (NCRB), around 1,690 cases of crimes and atrocities have been reported against Dalits in Telangana in 2019. Likewise, in Andhra Pradesh 2,071 cases of crimes have been reported against Dalits.

Around 187 cases of rape were reported against Dalits in Telangana. Of whom, 61 victims were children. Cases of assault on Dalit Women with intent to outrage her modesty were 96 in 2019. Around 172 incidents of “simple hurt” were also registered. There are 1446 backlog cases pending investigation in Telangana.

 In Hyderabad, 117 cases of crime and assault against Dalits have been reported in 2019.  Thirty one of the cases pertain to rape. Thirteen of the rape victims were children.

In Andhra Pradesh, 401 crimes against Dalit pertain to ‘simply hurt’. It is followed by ‘assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty’ which accounts for 201 cases. Around 112 ‘rape cases were also registered last year.  In Andhra Pradesh, there are 2000 cases pending for investigation.

Across the country, 45,935 crimes have been reported against Dalits, an increase by 7.3 per cent. In 2018, 42,793 crimes have been reported against Dalits. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 11,829 crimes against Dalit followed by Rajasthan with 6794 cases.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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