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Over 28,000 incidents of crimes, including murder and rape, were committed against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes across the country last year, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

 

While 24,792 cases were reported against Scheduled Castes, as many as 3,691 crimes were committed against Scheduled Tribes, Minister of State for Home I D Swami said in a written reply.

 

The maximum number of 4,892 cases against Scheduled Castes were reported from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh topped the list in atrocities against Scheduled Tribes with 1643 cases. Police: Over 68,000 complaints were received against police personnel in the year 2000 alone, but only 26 of them were convicted, Swami said.

 

Women: Nearly four lakh incidents of crimes were committed against women during the last three years, Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said.

 

In 1999, 135771 cases were reported, 137492 cases in 2000 and 125152 last year, as per the data compiled by National Crimes Record Bureau. Modernisation: The Government is in the process of creating a Police Modernisation Division in the Home Ministry, Minister of State for Home I D Swami said.

 

Institute: The UGC has approved the proposal of the University of Pune for the establishment of an Institute for International Security and Defence Analysis and has paid a total grant of Rs 5 crore as seed money for its establishment, Minister of State for Home Rita Verma said.

 

During the current year, the UGC has also approved the establishment of Centre for Human Genome Studies and Research at Punjab University, Centre of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance at Lucknow, National Centre for History of Sciences at Mysore and Centre of Applied Human Genetics at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, she said.

 

Nutrition: A whopping 74.3 per cent of children under three years of age were suffering fron nutritional anaemia while 47 per cent were underweight, according to the latest National Family Health Survey conducted in 1998-99, Human Resources Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said.

 

As regards women of 15-49 years, 35.8 per cent suffered from chronic energy deficiency and 51.8 per cent from nutritional anaemia, he said. The Government proposes to start a National Nutrition Mission to prevent malnutrition amongst women and children though the details have not yet been finalised, he added.

 

Abolition: The Government has already abolished and has identified for abolition 12,200 posts as per the recommendations of the Expenditure Reforms Commission, Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie said.

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