For every 2 rapes a decade ago, 3 today
Head by head under which crimes against women are listed, records compiled annually show an increase in rape, molestation, cruelty by husbands and relatives, and kidnapping and abduction. Sexual harassment is the only exception to the crime-by-crime trend, dropping successively since 2008. Year by year, certain crimes have dropped from one year to the next, particularly 2002-03 and 2008-09, but these too have been exceptions to the general trend thrown up by a comparison of the “Crime in India” reports released every year by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Crimes against women “have continuously increased”, says the latest edition.
Rape, the crime currently at the centre of public protests, has risen over 47 per cent in absolute terms over the decade, and over 25 per cent when adjusted for population. Molestation cases have increased 26.59 per cent (population-adjusted to 7.58) and kidnapping/abduction cases have more than doubled, with or without an adjustment. Even cases of cruelty by a woman’s husband and relatives have jumped, despite claims about various social indicators suggesting an improved mindset.
Statewise, crimes against women are high in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat. In 2011, the highest number of rape cases was
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