By Arré Bench Sep. 30, 2020
The gang-rape of a Dalit woman in Hathras has jolted India. But crimes against women continue unabated. In 2019, India reported 4,05,861 cases of violence against women and Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 59,853 such incidents.
The horrific gang-rape case of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras has brought the spotlight back on the utter lawlessness in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to the National Crime Record Bureau’s “Crime in India” 2019 report, India reported 4,05,861 cases of crime against women in 2019 and Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 59,853 such incidents.
Another dubious record for the Yogi government https://t.co/aDB1hW0CEn
— Anil P (@Anil73P) September 30, 2020
Crimes against women increased 7.3 per cent from 2018 to 2019, while crimes against Scheduled Castes also went up 7.3 per cent in the same period. A statistic that should bring shame to all of us is that the country recorded an average of 87 rape cases every day in 2019. Assam reported the highest rate of crimes against women (per lakh population), while Rajasthan had the highest rate of crimes against Scheduled Castes.
“Majority of cases under crime against women under IPC were registered under “cruelty by husband or his relatives” (30.9%), followed by “assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty” (21.8%), “kidnapping and abduction of women” (17.9%) and “rape” (7.9%). The crime rate registered per lakh women population is 62.4 in 2019 in comparison with 58.8 in 2018,” says the NCRB report.
UP reported the highest number of crimes against women (59,853), accounting for 14.7 per cent of such cases across the country.https://t.co/b79k1QBG1T
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) September 29, 2020
While the state government keeps launching glitzy campaigns and new initiatives to empower women, the reality is that Uttar Pradesh recorded 14.7 per cent of all crimes against women in the country. The state also had the highest number of crimes against girl children under the POCSO Act with 7,444 cases reported. It also had the highest number of dowry cases i.e. 2,410 at a rate of 2.2 per lakh population. UP also recorded most cases against Scheduled Castes, i.e. 11,829 cases accounting for 25.8 per cent cases across the country. That is one in four cases.
The pressure on the Yogi Adityanath government has mounted after the Hathras rape. #YogiResignNow has been trending on Twitter with over 57,000 tweets. “Under him utter breakdown of law & order in UP. His policies have created caste strife, fake encounters, gang wars & there is a RAPE EPIDEMIC in Uttar Pradesh,” said actress Swara Bhasker.
It’s time. @myogiadityanath should RESIGN. Under him utter breakdown of law & order in UP. His policies have created caste strife, fake encounters, gang wars & there is a RAPE EPIDEMIC in Uttar Pradesh. #Hathras case is only one example. #YogiMustResign #PresidentRuleInUP
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 29, 2020
Journalists have pointed out the Hathras case isn’t a stray incident but a part of a “new normal” in the state.
In fact, #UttarPradesh is the worst in terms of #CrimesAgainstWomen & #scheduledcastes (#NCRB data). This shows the fallacy of @BJP4India decision of installing a rabid CM and the fallacy of voters (#Dalits, #Bahujans & #women voters included) to keep voting that party.
— Joyjeet Das (@joyjeetdas) September 30, 2020
Uttar Pradesh sometimes really feels like Patal Lok, where no woman is safe.