Topic: Section 3. Punishment for offences

CHAPTER II OFFENCES OF ATROCITIES


(1) Whoever, not being a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled of Tribe,-
atrocities. (i) forces a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe to drink or eat any inedible or obnoxious substance;

(ii) acts with intent to cause injury, insult or annoyance to any member of a Scheduled Caste, or a Scheduled Tribe by dumping excreta, waste matter, carcasses or any other obnoxious substance in his premises or neighbourhood;

(iii) forcibly removes clothes from the person of a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe or parades him naked or with painted face or body or commits any similar act which is derogatory to human dignity;

(iv) wrongfully occupies or cultivates any land owned by, or allotted to, or notified by any competent authority to be allotted to, a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe or gets the land allotted to him transferred;

(v) wrongfully dispossesses a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe from his land or premises or interferes with the enjoyment of his rights over any land, premises or water;

(vi) compels or entices a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe to do ‘begar’ or other similar forms of forced or bonded labour other than any compulsory service for public purposes imposed by Government;

(vii) forces or intimidates a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe not to vote or to vote to a particular candidate or to vote in a manner other than that provided by law;

(viii) institutes false, malicious or vexatious suit or criminal or other legal proceedings against a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

(ix) gives any false or frivolous information to any public servant and thereby causes such public servant to use his lawful

power to the injury or annoyance of a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;

(x) intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe in any

place within public view;

(xi) assaults or uses force to any woman belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe with intent to dishonour or

outrage her modesty; (xii) being in a position to dominate the will of a woman belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled

Tribe and uses that position to exploit her sexually to which she would not have otherwise agreed;

(xiii) corrupts or fouls the water of any spring, reservoir or any other source ordinarily used by members of the Scheduled

Castes or a Scheduled Tribes so as to render it less fit for the purpose for which it is ordinarily used; - 3 -

(xiv) denies a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe any customary right of passage to a place of public resort or

obstructs such member so as to prevent him from using or having access to a place of public resort to which other members of

public or any section thereof have a right to use or access to;

(xv) forces or causes a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe to leave his house, village or other place of

residence, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to

five years and with fine.

(2) Whoever, not being a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe,-

(i) gives or fabricates false evidence intending thereby to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby cause, any

member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe to be convicted of an offence which is capital by the law for the time being

in force shall be punished with imprisonment for life and with fine; and if an innocent member of a Scheduled Caste or a

Scheduled Tribe be convicted and executed in consequence of such false or fabricated evidence, the person who gives or

fabricates such false evidence, shall be punished with death;

(ii) gives or fabricates false evidence intending thereby to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby cause, any

member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe to be convicted of an offence which is not capital but punishable with

imprisonment for a term of seven years or upwards, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less

than six months but which may extend to seven years or upwards and with fine;

(iii) commits mischief by fire or any explosive substance intending to cause or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby

cause damage to any property belonging to a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe, shall be punishable with

imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to seven years and with fine;

(iv) commits mischief by fire or any explosive substance intending to cause or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby

cause destruction of any building which is ordinarily used as a place of worship or as a place for human dwelling or as a

place for custody of the property by a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe, shall be punishable with imprisonment

for life and with fine;

(v) commits any offence under the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) punishable with imprisonment for a term of ten years or more

against a person or property on the ground that such person is a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe or such

property belongs to such member, shall be punishable with imprisonment for life and with fine;

(vi) knowingly or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed under this Chapter, causes any evidence of the

commission of that - 4 - offence to disappear with the intention of screening the offender from legal punishment, or with that

intention gives any information respecting the offence which he knows or believes to be false, shall be punishable with the

punishment provided for that offence; or

(vii) being a public servant, commits any offence under this section, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which

shall not be less than one year but which may extend to the punishment provided for that offence.