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Chennai, Jan 17 (PTI): A PIL has been filed in Madras High Court, seeking a direction to the Union Home Secretary and the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Secretary to effectively monitor implementation of schemes by Tamil Nadu government to prevent commission of offences against SCs and STs and to ensure relief and rehabilitation of victims of such offences. One L Yakkan, in his PIL, referred to the violence against Dalits in four colonies in Dharmapuri district on November 7, 2012 and said police had arrested 90 persons. However, rehabilitation measures were being carried out slowly, he alleged. He also sought a direction to the government to take steps under provisions of SC/ST Act to give full protection to SCs in the state. He said a special investigation team, involving CBI, should be constituted to take over cases relating to all crimes registered by SHO of the Police Station in Krishapuram on complaints of Dalits. The petitioner contended the state CB-CID\'s probe into the incident was not effective and that they had neither arrested the prime accused nor recovered any valuables looted. Contending that SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989 was enacted to prevent atrocities against them, he said its implementation has been \'inefficient\' and \'tardy.\' Yakkan also sought a direction to National Commission for Scheduled Castes to suggest steps to activate district and higher level officials to implement schemes under heads like education, housing, health and Public Distribution System. NHRC should be asked to file a report of the probe by its team along with all related material from Dec 25, 2012,he said. He prayed for a directive to the state Home Secretary and Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Secretary to depute a senior officer to effectively implement rehabilitation of affected Dalit hamlets. Yakin contended the state government was not effectively enforcing laws to protect the rights of Dalits and said there have been repeated attacks on Dalits in southern districts, particularly Ramanathapuram. He also referred to the killing of six Dalits on Sept 11, 2011 in police firing near Paramakudi and of six Dalits at Melavalavu near Madurai in 1997. When the matter came up for hearing, the first bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, tagged the petition along with other petitions and posted it to February 4. PTI DSJ APR PAL NTR

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