According to the National Crime Record Bureau in recent years crime against women rose by 15% in India. This growing rate of crimes against women is increasing day by day and seriously becoming a great matter of concern. The rate of cases registered per lakh women population increased to 64.5 in 2021 from 56.5 in 2020.
Thereby some major states in India including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Delhi recorded the highest cases of rapes and suicide in the country. According to the current reports, Delhi is the most unsafe metropolitan city.
Particularly, Rajasthan is the state where the highest case of rapes was recorded recently according to the reports by experts, on the other hand, Maharashtra topped the list when it comes to most suicides. These are just some of the latest reports by NCRB against the crime of women which includes not only rapes but also kidnapping and suicide.
According to the NCRB report, the majority of the crimes against women include 31.8% cases registered under ‘cruelty by husband or his relatives, 20.8% cases were ‘assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, kidnapping and abduction accounted for 17.6% cases and 7.4% were raped. Furthermore, it also recorded 56,063 cases in which Uttar Pradesh topped the list of crimes against women followed by Rajasthan (40,738) and Maharashtra (39,526).
The report also presents Nagaland as having the lowest number of crimes against women with a 5.5% rate in 2021. The northeastern state also had the lowest number of actual cases (54) last year. As many as 31,677 rape cases were registered in 2021 as compared to 28,046 cases in 2020 in the country.
STATEMENT GIVEN BY THE EXPERTS ON CRIME AGAINST WOMEN:
A social activist and director of the Centre for Social Research, Ranjana Kumari said the NCRB data validates that crimes against women increased during the pandemic. “We need a more robust system as the current one collapsed during Covid-19. We need to look at the future and prevent such a situation.” She stated. Adding to this, Yogita Bhayana, a women rights activist who heads People Against Rape in India said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about respect for women in his Independence Day address and it is high time that standard operating procedures (SOPs) and systems that have been put in place get implemented well on the ground.
“Now it’s time to take strict steps against the crimes occurring day by day in the country. Even the Nirbhaya case took nine years for justice. A strong message against rape has not been given yet,” She further added. Also, the NCRB report said 45,026 females committed suicide in 2021 in the country, of whom more than half were housewives. The report revealed that the proportion of women suicide victims was more in marriage-related issues, specifically in dowry-related issues, and impotence and infertility.
Poonam Muttreja, an executive Director of the Population Foundation of India said that the e-Population Foundation of India said, “While the Covid-induced lockdowns protected many from the virus, women stuck in abusive relationships faced the brunt of being locked up at home with their abusers. Abusive husbands and family members had more time due to fewer or no work hours to oppress vulnerable family members.”
She also mentioned that “We also need to reimagine health systems not only in terms of changing policy but also in terms of expansion of services, especially those relating to mental health.”