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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The sexual crimes against women are highest in Uttar Pradesh. Out of the total 7079 cases registered for gang-rape, custodial rape and stalking offenses, the cases registered in UP stand at 1592. Further, UP has recorded the highest incidences in each of these three categories. The statistics were released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) which has compiled the crimes that were registered across the country in 2014 and published its latest data on crimes.

picture: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
picture: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The NCRB report says that in 2014 alone, 36,700 cases of rape were registered across the country. The NCRB has further categorized the sexual crimes against women into various categories like gang-rape, stalking, voyeurism, sexual harassment at workplace and molestation in public transport, according to a report published in Times of India.

Out of the total 36,700 cases of rape, around 2300 cases were that of gang-rape. Of these, Uttar Pradesh alone recorded around 570 cases, the highest in the country.

Uttar Pradesh was also notoriously ahead with respect to cases of custodial rape and stalking. Out of the total 197 recorded rapes committed in police custody, 187 (around 90%) were recorded in UP. Similarly, out of 4600 cases of stalking, UP stood at 835, followed by Maharashtra at 797.

The highest rate of stalking cases was recorded in Delhi, where 541 stalking cases forming 6 offense per lakh population were registered. Goa registered second highest rate of stalking at 2.8 per lakh population.

Further, around 4200 cases of attempt to rapes and 674 cases of voyeurism were registered across the country. Voyeurism was highest at Goa, followed by Assam.

Around 57 cases of sexual harassment at “office”, around 469 cases of sexual harassment at “other places of work” and 121 cases of sexual harassment in public transport were recorded across the country. Sexual harassment in public transport was highest in Andhra Pradesh (65), followed by Kerala (11).

The NCRB data shows only the cases that were registered with the police. Hence, the data may not reflect the actual scenario on the ground.

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Don’t Play Politics With Rape Incidents

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Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Bollywood actresses showing their anger against the Kathua Rape Case victim

– Salil Gewali, Shillong

Most of the political moves in the world are guided by self-interest. Here the human prudence is just trampled over and thus many hearts are hurt.  This fact is true to the letter in the Indian political sphere. Yes, our leaders easily trade their souls to meet their ends.  National interests are just bet — even with the enemy fold. Media and celebrities are often used for the job.  What more, even education is politicized, radically distorted to fit in with the “mission”.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways. The moment a rape occurs, the political leaders take sides accordingly, so also the media. The Kathua rape had become a case of crises for the ruling party. It was a low point between the opposition parties and the government. The opposition leaders hurled the criticism against the BJP.  But it’s becoming much clearer now that the case was specifically “used” as a tool to sever the bond between the Hindu and the Muslim for the political gain. All available methods were tactfully employed then to defame the government, nay even the nation. What harm it has done is beyond the mental calculation.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Media is not highlighting the rape cases properly. Pixabay

Please look at the following cases which did not prompt such drama, though much more serious then the Kathus’s case. Very recently a gruesome rape was committed in Nadia district, West Bengal by a TMC activist Sheikh Bappa where a six-month pregnant relative of a BJP candidate was the victim. But no such uproar heard. In another appalling case, a Maulavi sexually abused “six children” at a Madrassa in Telangana.  But can you believe, this case totally failed to evoke the sympathy of so-called great people, nor did the media carry the news? All columnists went into hibernation. But why? Again, in Jharkhand, one dairy owner Ashif Iqbal raped his employee, tried to convert her to Islam by forcefully making her eat beef. He also threatened to kill her girl child. It never became an issue. Have you heard that another Kathua-like case happened in Khajuraho at Rajnagar about two weeks back? But no media thought it is worth the tears of the country’s citizens as an Asifa’s case.  This sadistic crime on a 3-year-old girl was committed by 19-year-old Tauhid Khan. Police have filed a case against Tauhid Khan.  Why are this time Bollywood stars not beating the breast and condemning the crime? Why are there “different prisms” to look at the same kind of crimes? Is this not a very dangerous trend? Please book the criminals who are raping the society.

 

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