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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.

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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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Silicon Valley, Google Walk Off To Protest Against Mishandling Of Sexual Harassment Cases

The workers went back to their offices but vowed to continue pressuring Google to change.

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Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a walkout, Nov. 1, 2018, in San Francisco. Hundreds of Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. VOA

It was a protest that went around the globe.

From Singapore to Dublin, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Pryor, Oklahoma, Google employees walked out of their offices to protest the internet search giant’s handling of sexual discrimination cases, and express their frustration with its workplace culture.

In San Francisco, where Google has several offices, hundreds of workers congregated at a plaza where they gave speeches and held signs. One read: “I reported and he got promoted.”

The unusual protest — tech companies are not unionized and typically keep strife about personnel matters behind closed doors — riveted Silicon Valley, which has struggled in recent years over the treatment of women in the industry.

Resignation, severance

The Google protest was spurred by a New York Times story that outlined allegations against high-profile leaders at the firm, including Andy Rubin, known as “the father of Android,” who was reportedly paid $90 million in severance. Rubin has denied the allegations in the article, as well as reports of his severance amount.

Richard DeVaul, a director at X, a unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, resigned from the company on Tuesday. He was accused of making unwanted advances to a woman who was a job applicant at the firm.

 

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Google employees walk off the job in a protest against what they said is the tech company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. VOA

 

 List of demands

“We are a small part of a massive movement that has been growing for a long time,” protest organizers said in an article published in the online magazine The Cut. “We are inspired by everyone — from the women in fast food who led an action against sexual harassment to the thousands of women in the #metoo movement who have been the beginning of the end for this type of abuse.”

Leaders of the protest issued a list of demands, including that Alphabet add a worker-representative to its board of directors and that the firm internally disclose pay equity information.

They also asked the company to revise its human resources practices to make the harassment claims filing process more equitable, and to create a “publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report.”

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Google employees gather in a courtyard as they take part in a walkout from their jobs at the Google campus in Kirkland, Washington. VOA

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees that “as CEO, it’s been personally important to me that we take a much harder line on inappropriate behavior. … We have taken many steps to do so, and know our work is still not done.”

Social media protest

The global protest unfolded on Twitter and Facebook as employees from offices around the world posted photos of themselves walking out at the appointed time of 11:10 a.m.

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Tanuja Gupta, programming director at Google, addresses hundreds of Google employees during a protest rally. VOA

 

The greatest concentration of Google workers is in the San Francisco area. In San Bruno, 12 miles south of San Francisco, employees at YouTube, which is part of Google, walked out, as did those in Mountain View, company headquarters.

“As a woman, I feel personally unsafe, because if something were to happen, what accountability measures will be in place to make sure that justice is sought?” said Google employee Rana Abdelhamid at the San Francisco protest.

Christian Boyd, another Google employee, was angry about what she said was protecting the powerful, even in the face of credible allegations.

“It’s sad to see that what we consider the best companies are not immune to this, as well,” Boyd said.

Also Read: Everything You Need To Know About The #MeToo Movement

After 30 minutes of speeches, the workers went back to their offices but vowed to continue pressuring Google to change. (VOA)