New national helpline to help check atrocities against SC/STs:
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Union Minister Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Virendra Kumar has launched National Helpline against atrocities on SCs, STs. The objective of the helpline, reportedly, is to build awareness about the provisions of the Act that are aimed at ending discrimination and providing protection to all. The Helpline will be available 24-7 on toll-free number – 14566.
The objective of the service:
This Service will be available in Hindi, English, and Regional languages of the States. The objective of this helpline is to spread awareness about the provision of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
All registered complaints will be investigated and all charge sheets filed are prosecuted in the Courts for decision within the given timelines in the Act. A docket number will be given for each complaint received from Victim/Complainant/NGOs regarding non-compliance with The Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act, 1955 and the Prevention of Atrocities (POA) Act, 1989.
The ministry of social justice and empowerment has launched a national helpline against atrocities (NHAA) on SC/STs. Available as a toll-free number 14566 round the clock in English, Hindi and regional languages, the NHAA ensures proper implementation of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Announcing the helpline, Union minister for social justice and empowerment Virendra Kumar said that NHAA will ensure registration of every complaint as an FIR.
People can access by making a voice call either from a mobile or landline number of any telecom operator across the country. It is also available as a web-based self-service portal. The NHAA will generate informed awareness about the various provisions of the Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act, 1989 and the Protection of Civil Right (PCR) Act, 1955 that are aimed at ending discrimination and provide protection to all. It will ensure that every complaint is registered as FIRs, relief is provided, all registered complaints are investigated, and all chargesheets filed are prosecuted in the courts for decision, all within the given timelines in the Act.
NGOs and experts working for the welfare of the downtrodden communities said that it was a welcome step. “We have to see how it gets implemented. For example, if one were to give a workplace complaint to the state commission for protection of SC/STs, we would be asked to come to the adalat at a prescribed time. However, there is also a clause that says that our complaint will be invalid if we were not there in time,” said Manjusha A K, director, School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, M G University.
Thanks to Covid, there’s a phone in almost every home. So if the number is popularized and effective, it will work as a blessing for the victims and a deterrent to the crime.
Help Line Number : 14566
Toll Free Number : 1800 202 1989
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