Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 Section 3(2)(v) - Appellant has been sentenced to life imprisonment - Evidence and materials on record do not show that the appellant had committed rape on the victim on the ground that she belonged to Scheduled Caste - Section 3(2)(v) of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act can be pressed into service only if it is proved that the rape has been committed on the ground that she belonged to Scheduled Castes community - In the absence of evidence proving intention of the appellant in committing the offence upon only because she belongs to Scheduled Caste community, the conviction of the appellant under Section 3(2)(v) of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act cannot be sustained. (S.C.)(2018-1 ) PUNJAB LAW REPORTER