Hathras is One Among the Many Horrors Unfolding in UP. Just Look at the Shocking Statistics


Hathras is One Among the Many Horrors Unfolding in UP. Just Look at the Shocking Statistics

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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.

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.

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.

Journalists have pointed out the Hathras case isn’t a stray incident but a part of a “new normal” in the state.

Uttar Pradesh sometimes really feels like Patal Lok, where no woman is safe.