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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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Inspired reading in the lead-up to Independence Day

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Quite obviously, Independence Day – August 15 – means different things to different people. Is it tainted with pain, despair, and bloodshed due to Partition and the long drawn struggle for freedom, or is it coloured with hope and happiness – looking forward towards the endeavours of an independent nation?

Given that it’s a time for introspection, here’s a collection of non-fiction and fiction to draw inspiration from and serve as a beacon for the future.

  • Faith and Freedom: Gandhi in History by Mushirul Hasan

This book offers a meticulously researched account of Mahatma Gandhi – his historical background, campaigns, impact on Indian life, and the guidance he still continues to offer in dealing with contemporary problems. It offers a particularly illuminating and long overdue account of Gandhi’s association with Muslim leaders, and shows how politically tragic religious nationalism can be. Written by one of India’s leading historians, this book is a must read for everyone interested in understanding the political landscape of modern India.

  • Lost Addresses: A Memoir of India, 1934-1955 by Krishna Bose

Krishna Bose was born Krishna Chaudhuri on December 26, 1930, in Dhaka, to East Bengali parents settled in Calcutta. In December 1955 she married Sisir Kumar Bose, son of barrister and nationalist leader Sarat Chandra Bose and nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. A multifaceted personality – a professor, writer, researcher, broadcaster, social worker and politician – this is her story of her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.

It vividly describes Calcutta, Bengal and India in the 1930s and 1940s and the early years after Independence. Krishna’s memories of growing up and coming of age are set in the social, cultural and political milieus of the time. She relives how she experienced World War II, the Quit India movement of 1942, the Bengal Famine of 1943-44, the Red Fort trials of the Indian National Army (INA) officers in 1945-46, the Great Calcutta Killings of 1946, and the Partition and Independence in Delhi in 1947. Illustrated with old photographs, this memoir is a valuable historical record, told in flowing literary style.

  • Article 370: Explained for the Common Man by Sumit Dutt Majumder

In August 2019, the government reconstituted the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, abrogating its special status and more closely integrating it into the Indian union. This book seeks to explain the issues surrounding Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution, making readers more informed about this important constitutional, political and legal matter. The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the author writes in a simple and lucid language, avoiding journalese, jargon and legalese, thereby making the issues accessible to the common man.

  • Jallianwala Bagh: Literary Responses in Prose & Poetry – edited and introduced by Rakhshanda Jalil

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 3, 2019, the butchering of unarmed innocents, is a historic event that haunts the human mind even after the lapse of a century. Through a selection of prose and poetry – the direct outcome of this horrific event and an introduction that traces the history of events leading to the massacre – Rakhshanda Jalil, a literary historian and translator from Urdu and Hindi, attempts to open a window into the world of possibilities that literature offers to reflect, interpret and analyse events of momentous historical import. The selection offers ways of ‘seeing’ history, of exploring how an incident that stirred the conscience of millions, found its way through pen and paper to reach the nooks and crannies of popular imagination filtered through the mind of the creative writer.

The acknowledged doyens of Indian literature featured in this volume include Saadat Hasan Manto, Mulk Raj Anand, Krishan Chander, Abdullah Hussein, Bhisham Sahni, Ghulam Abbas, Subadhra Kumari Chauhan, Sarojini Naidu, Sohan Singh Misha, Muhammad Iqbal, Josh Malihabadi, and Nanak Singh, to name a few. A collection that can pave the way for further research.

  • Bridge Across the Rivers: Partition Memories from the Two Punjabs – edited by Jasbir Jain & Tripti Jain

The history of the Partition is neither singular nor static. It appears different from different perspectives. The past is never over; its presence looms large over our present. The Partition narrative exceeds the bounds of history and impacted both collective and individual identities. In some ways it rendered the individual invisible, with identity being transformed into a stereotype, which evoked conventional patterns of behaviour. The heartache and anguish of divided families and frustrated, failed individual lives lay heavy on the joy of a much-coveted freedom.

This collection seeks to debate issues and throw light on discourses other than those of violence and darkness, working with a chronology, located in time. The narratives unfold expectation, hope and harmony, flight and violence, psychological fallouts, gender issues, and questions of guilt and reflection. As the stories trace the shifts in emotions and focus on individual wills, the undercurrents of cultural oneness form a counter discourse.

By Vishnu Makhijani

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‘There is something indicating India may be moving from Covid-19 exponential rise’

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New Delhi, Aug 8 : Currently, India is experiencing the worst phase in its fight against Covid-19 with a total of 61,537 new coronavirus cases getting reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall caseload to 20,88,611, while the death toll mounting to 42,518 with 933 fresh fatalities.

But there may be a silver lining, as V.K. Paul, Member of Niti Aayog, said that the last five-day daily cases data indicate that India may be moving away from exponential rise.

Speaking at a webinar organised by the India International Centre on the topic towards a holistic long term medi-care system — the casede of Covid-19 — Paul, citing the day wise daily new cases data, said, “If we look at the five-day moving average, we could see some kind of stabilization; I do not know whether it is true or random, that only time will tell. May be, there is something out there, which is indicating that we may have moved away from exponential rise and we may be stabilising. But that only time will tell.”

Paul said that the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic was in the most populous cities, in the western half of the nation, where the pandemic originated. It seems now that the pandemic in this part of the country is now reaching some king of peak. “As we have seen in the context of Delhi,” he added

Paul said, “We still have large swathes of our geography and large swathes of our population, which are naive to this virus….the virus loves people, the virus loves dense places, the virus loves irresponsible citizens who do not look after their respiratory secretions and do not maintain physical distance.”

Citing the data on cases per million, he added that India has 1466 cases per million, and the world average, into the 7th month of the pandemic, is around 2500 per million. Paul said the disease load is modest and warned people not to be complacent, if cases begin to decline. “The trailer is over I think, but we are still before interval,” he added.

He insisted that mortality rates in India continue to be low and in terms of response, home based isolation protocols have succeeded. “Deaths will be imprinted in pages of history, how many deaths happened in this pandemic in a given nation…. Need to keep a sharp eye number of deaths… In case fatality rate, India is currently at 2.06….some of states have below 1 per cent case fatality rate. The highest we have seen for a state is 6 per cent or little above 6 per cent…” said Paul.

He insisted that in India the mortality burden so far has been on the lower side. “We like to keep our case fatality rate below 1 per cent….and it is possible,” he added.

(Sumit Saxena can be contacted at [email protected])

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Was late TV actor Samir Sharma battling depression, money crisis?

Many similar poems written in Hindi and English, with pain and heartbreak as themes, can be found in his social media accounts.

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Mumbai: Television actor Samir Sharma allegedly ended his life by committing suicide in his Mumbai apartment. The 44-year-old actor was found hanging in his kitchen on Wednesday night. The police suspect that he probably died two days ago.

Recent social media posts of the late actor raise the question if he was battling depression.

On last Monday (July 27) Samir had shared a poem on his unverified Instagram account that reads:

“I built my pyre

And slept on it

And with my fire

It was lit

And all that was me

I burned in it

I killed my dream

To wake up from it

Now my dream is gone

And I with it

I woke up to ashes

And I was in it

I took what was left

And left it in a stream

And hoped my ashes

This time have a better dream.”

On July 20, the actor had shared a short film he made, on his unverified Facebook account. Titled “The Cut”, the effort has been described by the actor as: “A film about the psychological effects of the isolation due to the lockdown on a person living alone.”

Another poem shared by the actor on Facebook on June 8, reads:

“I breathed through you,

I lived through you,

I felt what you felt,

I dreamt what you dreamt

I forgot where I ended

I forgot where you began

I was who you were

But didn’t know who you are

And I didn’t see it coming

I just saw you going.”

Many similar poems written in Hindi and English, with pain and heartbreak as themes, can be found in his social media accounts.

Samir Sharma used to stay in a rented apartment in Malad West, which he had reportedly moved in during February this year. A social media post he shared in the first week of June indicates that he was looking for another change of residence, and was keen to move into a shared apartment.

“Looking for a shared apartment, with independent room in Malad West or Goregaon West, if anyone has a place, and is interested, pls DM me…. Thanks,” posted the actor on Facebook on June 2.

The post raises question if he was facing monetary crisis.

Dr Singh also shared that over the past few months of lockdown, “cases of depression and anxiety among people have increased and that is not only because of confinement but due to several other factors like uncertainty of the future and lack of support which is testing our coping skills”, he said, adding: “Some people are facing economic problems, too.”

Samir Sharma was a popular face on television. He has featured in daily soaps like “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, “Left Right Left”, “Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki” and several others. He last featured in the ongoing daily soap “Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke”.

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