New Delhi, April 3: The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on Tuesday said that in the last five years, 2014 and 2016 recorded the maximum number of atrocities against SC/ST in the country. The government’s statement came a day after ten people lost their lives in the violent protests which were witnessed across the country over the Supreme Court order on dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act. Also Read - PM Modi’s Mother Heeraben Modi Donates Rs 25000 From Her Personal Savings to PM-CARES Fund

Minister of state (Home Affairs) Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, reportedly asserted that the number of cases registered as crimes against Scheduled Castes was 40,300 in 2014. The number, however, decreased in 2015 and it came to 38,564  but in 2016 the cases against SCs rose to 40,774. On the other hand, 6,768 cases were registered against Scheduled Tribes in 2o14. In 2015, the number of cases against STs fell to 6,275 but it further rose to 6,564 in 2016. Also Read - ‘This is wonderful’: Ivanka Trump Thanks PM Modi For Sharing Yoga Video During Lockdown

Speaking about the conviction rate, Ahir said that for crimes against Scheduled Castes, the conviction rate was 28.4 per cent in 2014  which dipped to 27.2% and 25.8% in 2015 and 2016 respectively. However, when it came to crimes against the Scheduled Tribes, the conviction rate in 2014 was 30.9%, 19.8% in 2015 and 20.8% in 2016. Also Read - ‘Migrant Workers, Students Cannot be Left in Destitute’: Kamal Nath Writes to PM Modi For Help

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court, while hearing the Centre’s review petition on its verdict on the SC/ST Act, refused to stay its judgement and said that it will hear the matter again after ten days. The top court said that it was not against the act but couldn’t punish the innocent on a unilateral version.