Every hour, 18 women face brutalities in India Sunday, 13 January, 2008 New Delhi:
Every hour that ticks by in India inflicts more brutality on women, with two rapes, two kidnappings, four molestations and seven incidents of cruelty from husbands and relatives, reveal the latest national crime statistics.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), on an average every hour at least 18 women in the country were victimized in 2006 and more disturbingly, the numbers are swiftly increasing. Among states, Andhra Pradesh topped the list of crimes against women with 21,484 cases, accounting for 13 per cent of the total incidents in 2006. Uttar Pradesh was a close second, with 9.9 percent of such crimes.
The recent rape case of a British journalist in Rajasthan's Udaipur city and the molestation of two NRI women in India's financial capital Mumbai have once again highlighted the need for stronger measures to empower and protect women in the country.
Crimes against women have been increasing with each passing day. NCRB reveals an increasing trend of rapes from 2003 to 2006. "Rape incidents reported a substantial increase of 15 per cent in 2004 over 2003, a marginal increase of 0.7 per cent in 2005 over 2004 and an increase of 5.4 per cent in 2006 over 2005," the report said. Among 35 cities with a population of more than one million, the Indian capital topped with 4,134 cases, accounting for 18.9 percent of the total crimes again women followed by Hyderabad at 1,755 cases.
Delhi reported 31.2 per cent of the rape cases, 34.7 per cent of the kidnappings and abduction cases, 18.7 per cent of the dowry deaths, 17.1 per cent of cases of cruelty by husbands and relatives and 20.1 per cent of the molestation cases.
A total of 19,348 rape cases were reported in the country in 2006, while the figure was 15,847 in 2005. The report said 8.2 percent (around 1,593) of the total rape victims were girls below the age of 15 years, while 17.4 percent (around 3,364) were teenaged girls. Nearly two-thirds around 11,312) were in the age group 18-30 years.
Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases, at 2,90. The report suggested that women are unsafe in the company of friends, neighbours and relatives, as in 75.1 per cent cases (around 14,536), the offenders were known to the victims.
Parents/close family members were involved in three per cent (431) of the cases, neighbours were involved in 36.8 per cent (5,351) and relatives were involved in 7.6 per cent (1,106). Molestation incidents in the country increased by 7.1 per cent.
In 2006, a total of 36,617 cases were reported against 34,175 in 2005, the NCRB report said. And again, Madhya Pradesh topped the list. "Seventeen per cent of the total cases (6,243) were reported from Madhya Pradesh," the report said. Kiran Bedi, India's most decorated woman officer who retired in December last year, said at a conference that the loss of ethics and values was the root cause of escalating cases of violence against women. Another factor troubling India women was torture meted out by husbands and relatives, which is punishable under Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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