Women are more unsafe in Modi’s India

BJP Slogan 2014 Election

It is New India since 2014. Modi the present PM talked loud over rapes especially over the Nirbhaya case of New Delhi in 2012. Now when he is in power with the slogan ‘Bahut hua naari par atyachaar, abki baar Modi sarkar’ meaning ‘Atrocities against women have increased, this time Modi government’ nothing has come in rescue for the women folks. What is the real picture since 2014 in India in respect to crime against women!

When Elections of Lok Sabha are around the corner the people should know what was promised in 2014 and what has been delivered to them.

Do we remember BJP using the slogan ‘Bahut hua naari par atyachaar, abki baar Modi sarkar’ post Nirbhaya rape case?

The Nirbhaya case also became a turning point for the UPA government, as people across the country came out on the streets to protest against its inability to check crimes against women. The main opposition party, BJP, used the people’s anger to come up with a slogan that said “bahut hua naari par atyachaar, abki baar Modi sarkar”.

Data regarding crime against women:

Five women raped everyday in Delhi last year: Police

 (Source: Delhi Police)

Rape cases in India

(Source: NCRB)

In Delhi in 2012 the conviction rate in rape cases was over 49 per cent, it went down to around 29 per cent in 2015.

(Source: NCRB)

Laws have been enacted for women’s safety. Modern technology has been used to bolster the safety of women and apps have been specially created for the purpose. A powerful, assertive government is in power with majority, one that promises to crack down mercilessly on those that break the law.

From Nirbhaya to Rohtak, nothing has really changed on the ground. The need of the hour is to make women safe in India again. The government and law enforcement agencies should accept their failure, introspect about their shortcomings, plug loopholes and make India safe for women because only then will there be proof that “ab ki bar, Modi sarkar” is different from governments of the past.

Unnao Rape by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Latest development is that finally after lot of hue and cry the MLA has surrendered at 11:35 PM on April 11, 2018. This development came in post death of the victim’s father who was arrested by the police and died in hospital where the MLC and postmortem was also altered.

Katua Rape: According to the Indian Express, among those who backed the outfit were Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga – who are BJP ministers in chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet. However, a statement put out by the party’s state spokesperson sought to distance the BJP from the Hindu Manch.

CM Modi on rape during poll campaign in 2013.

Narendra Modi in Delhi: Remember Nirbhaya when you go to vote

Narendra Modi’s changed statement over rape incidents while holding the PM Office

Status of Uttar Pradesh in respect to crime against women

  • The Yogi Adityanath government has decided to withdraw a rape and abduction case lodged against former Union minister of state (home) Swami Chinmayanand.
  • The YOGI government has also initiated the process to withdraw 12 cases against BJP Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria, another officer said. Katheria is chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
  • The twin moves come on the heels of the decision to withdraw 131 cases against accused in Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013.
  • The move to withdraw the case comes when Shahjahanpur court has fixed May 15 for the hearing after the rape survivor moved an application, demanding arrest of the former minister.
  • The woman, a former disciple and manager of Mumuksh ashram run by Chinmayanand, had filed an FIR against him on November 30, 2011, alleging that she was held captive, raped and assaulted for several years.
  • Chinmayanand moved the Allahabad high court and got a stay on his arrest. The woman recorded her statement before the judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC, but no action was taken by the police.
  • On March 9 2016, the additional district magistrate (administration), Shahjahanpur, Sarvesh Dixit sent a letter to the senior prosecution officer, directing him to move a petition in the court for withdrawal of the case, two weeks after Adityanath met Chinmayanand in Shahjahanpur on February 25.
  • The rape victim has sent letters to the President and the district judge raising objections over the move, urging them for immediate issuance of warrant against the accused.

Facts about the crime rate against women:

  • Cases under “crime against women” category reported an increase of 2.9 per cent in 2016 over 2015.
  • Majority of these cases “cruelty by husband or his relatives” (32.6 per cent) in 2016
  • “Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty” (25.0 per cent) in 2016
  • “Kidnaping and abduction of women” (19.0 per cent) and “rape” (11.5 per cent) in 2016
  • Rape cases have reported an increase of 12.4 per cent from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016
  • Madhya Pradesh incidence of rape with 4,882 (12.5 per cent) in 2016
  • Uttar Pradesh incidence of rape 4,816 (12.4 per cent) in 2016
  • Maharashtra incidence of rape 4,189 (10.7 per cent) in 2016
  • Uttar Pradesh reported 14.5 per cent (49,262) of the total cases of crimes against women in 2016
  • West Bengal (9.6 per cent) (32,513 cases) of the total cases of crimes against women, in 2016.

Crimes against children have gone up by a whopping 13 per cent, from 94,172 in 2015 to 1,06,958 in 2016.

  • Kidnapping and abduction accounted for 52.3 per cent of the cases, cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) were at a worrying 34.4 per cent
  • Uttar Pradesh 9,657 kidnapping and abduction cases
  • Maharashtra 7,956 kidnapping and abduction cases
  • Madhya Pradesh 6,016 kidnapping and abduction cases
  • Under POCSO, Uttar Pradesh was on the top with 4,954 cases
  • Maharashtra had 4,815 POCSO cases
  • Madhya Pradesh registered 4,717 POCSO cases
  • Cases of juveniles in conflict with the law in 2016, 35,849 such cases were registered, an increase of 7.2 per cent over the 33,433 cases of 2015.
  • Madhya Pradesh had the most number of juveniles in conflict with the law at 20.6 per cent
  • Maharashtra had 18.4 per cent in juveniles in conflict with the law cases

Atrocities/crime against SC-ST

  • Atrocities/crime against SCs went up by 5.5 per cent in 2016 (40,801) over 2015 (38,670)
  • Uttar Pradesh led the way here with 10,426, or 25.6 per cent cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes, (SCs)
  • Bihar with 14 per cent (5,701)
  • Rajasthan with 12.6 per cent (5,134)

Atrocities/Crime Against Scheduled Tribes also spiked by 4.7 per cent, 6,568 in 2016 over 6,276 in 2015.

  • Madhya Pradesh (1,823, or 27.8 per cent) reported the highest number of cases,
  • Rajasthan with 18.2 per cent (1,195 cases)
  • Odisha with 10.4 per cent (681 cases)

Human trafficking

  • 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported across India, with West Bengal at 3,579, accounting for nearly 44 per cent of the cases
  • Rajasthan (1,422) saw 17.9 per cent of all such cases reported
  • Worryingly, of the 15,379 persons trafficked in 2016, 58.7 per cent were children.
  • 23,117 persons were rescued, of which children made up 61.3 per cent, including victims of previous year.

Despite three consecutive terms of CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan for the past 12 years, Madhya Pradesh has reported a worrying rate of crime.

  • High crime rate points to major administrative lapses.
  • The nature of the crimes – the states lead in crimes against women, children, SC and STs – shows that the government has been unable to protect the weakest, the most vulnerable sections of society.

Ravi Shankar Prasad might be wrong about trafficking

  • On November 7 2017, counting the benefits of demonetisation, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that because of the move, “ Flesh trade has nosedived in India. Trafficking of women and girls has gone down considerably.
  • Prasad had not revealed his source of information, the NCRB data does not seem to support his claim. According to the NCRB, a total of 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported in the country this year, while the figure for 2015 was far lower at 6,877 cases.
  • QUESTION:Will the law minister kindly explain where he got his figures for “women and girls” from?

Delhi City reported nearly 40 per cent of rape cases among metropolitan cities.

  • Delhi with 5,453 cases, reported almost half the number of cases of kidnapping and abduction (48.3 per cent)
  • Mumbai with 16.6 per cent (1,876 cases)
  • Bengaluru with 7.8 per cent (879 cases).
  • Delhi city reported 21.8 per cent, the highest number of murder cases followed by
  • Bengaluru at 10.4 per cent
  • Patna at 8.9 per cent
  • Delhi reported 33 per cent (13,803 out of 41,761 cases) of all the cases of crimes against women followed by Mumbai (12.3 per cent). Delhi city reported nearly 40 per cent rape cases and nearly 29 per cent each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths.

Disclaimer: These views are solely of the author.

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