Explain the main provisions of Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. List any six offences which are punishable under this Act.


This Act prevents offences of atrocities against the members of SC/ST. It contains a long list of offences and seeks to punish the offenders if proved guilty.

  • Forcing a member of SC/ST to drink or eat any inedible or obnoxious substance.
  • Insulting or annoying any member of a SC/ST.
  • Wrongfully dispossessing a member of SC/ST from his/her land.
  • Compelling to do beggar or bonded labour.
  • Forcing anyone not to vote or to vote for a particular candidate.
  • Use of force on any woman belonging to a SC/ST.