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Govt to launch national helpline against atrocities on SCs/STs

With an objective to build informed awareness about the provisions of the law that are aimed at ending discrimination and provide protection to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), the government will launch a National Helpline Against Atrocities (NHAA) on Monday.

Govt to launch national helpline against atrocities on SCs/STs

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NEW DELHI: With an objective to build informed awareness about the provisions of the law that are aimed at ending discrimination and provide protection to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), the government will launch a National Helpline Against Atrocities (NHAA) on Monday.

The helpline will be launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with an aim to ensure proper implementation of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) (PoA) Act, 1989 which was enacted with a view to, inter-alia, preventing atrocities on members of SCs and STs. The ministry said that the NHAA will be available round the clock on toll-free number 14566 across the country. It can be accessed by making a voice call /VOIP either from a mobile or landline number of any telecom operator across the country.

This service will be available in Hindi, English and regional language of the State/UTs. Its mobile application will also be available. The system will ensure that every complaint is registered as an FIR, 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. (IANS)

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