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Challenge: Why women in West Bengal are increasingly targeted?

Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 7:13pm IST | Place: INDIA | Agency: Zee Research Group
Fact: Highest incidence of crime against women in West Bengal consecutively for two years.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), during 2012 West Bengal reported 2,046 rape cases — the highest in the country after Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

West Bengal reported highest incidents of crime against women both in 2011 and 2012, as reported by NCRB.

However, West Bengal government disputed the facts reported by NCRB BY saying that the facts as its disclaimers sent to the NCRB had not been published.  Rape cases in West Bengal according to the state government during 2012 were 1,978 and NCRB reported it as 2046.

Exhibit 1: Incidence of crime against women during 2011 and 2012 (During Mamata Banerjee’s regime)

Challenge: Crime against women is rapidly increasing in States/UTs with women Chief ministers. Where is the sensitivity?  

Fact: Crime against women in India has reached another level of insensitivity as States/UTs with women chief ministers specifically observed major rise in all criminal activities registered against women since 2011.According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Tamil Nadu and West Bengal that are headed by women Chief ministers namely J.Jayalalitha and Mamata Banerjee respectively have registered visible increase in crime against women.Even Delhi that was earlier headed by women chief minister Sheila Dikshit also reported higher rate of crime against women.

While Tamil Nadu registered a 4 per cent increase in number criminal activities against women, Delhi and West Bengal registered an increase of 14 percent and 6 per cent respectively.

Posing a greater degree threat to the safety of women, Delhi witnessed two dreadful gang rape cases dated on December 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013 respectively. 

Firstly a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten and brutally gang raped in a bus in which she was travelling with her male companion. The woman died from her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore. This case is recognized as one of the most brutal and unfortunate rape in Indian history by the media.

Then a five-year-old girl from Delhi who was allegedly raped several times by her neighbor and kept as hostage at his flat for three days. Delhi Police and ex Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was severely condemned by Indian media and activists over this incident.

Striking an alarming similarity to the declining state of women safety in Delhi, official crime records of India indicated West Bengal as the most unsafe state for women.

West Bengal recorded highest incidence of crime against women for the second year running in 2012 according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The NCRB pointed out that West Bengal recorded 30,942 crime cases against women in 2012. They include 2,046 cases of rape, 4,168 of kidnapping, 593 of dowry deaths and 19,865 of domestic cruelty.

However, the State government disputed the facts here saying it was “a misrepresentation” of the facts as its disclaimers sent to the NCRB had not been published.

Exhibit 2: Cases registered (cr), cases charge sheeted (cs), cases convicted (cv), persons arrested(par), persons charge sheeted(pcs) & persons convicted(pcv) under rape during 2011-2012 in West Bengal

Challenge: Crime against women is rapidly increasing in States/UTs with women Chief ministers. Where is the sensitivity?  

Fact: Crime against women in India has reached another level of insensitivity as States/UTs with women chief ministers specifically observed major rise in all criminal activities registered against women since 2011.According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Tamil Nadu and West Bengal that are headed by women Chief ministers namely J.Jayalalitha and Mamata Banerjee respectively have registered visible increase in crime against women.Even Delhi that was earlier headed by women chief minister Sheila Dikshit also reported higher rate of crime against women.

While Tamil Nadu registered a 4 per cent increase in number criminal activities against women, Delhi and West Bengal registered an increase of 14 percent and 6 per cent respectively.

Posing a greater degree threat to the safety of women, Delhi witnessed two dreadful gang rape cases dated on December 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013 respectively. 

Firstly a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten and brutally gang raped in a bus in which she was travelling with her male companion. The woman died from her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore. This case is recognized as one of the most brutal and unfortunate rape in Indian history by the media.

Then a five-year-old girl from Delhi who was allegedly raped several times by her neighbor and kept as hostage at his flat for three days. Delhi Police and ex Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was severely condemned by Indian media and activists over this incident.

Striking an alarming similarity to the declining state of women safety in Delhi, official crime records of India indicated West Bengal as the most unsafe state for women.

West Bengal recorded highest incidence of crime against women for the second year running in 2012 according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The NCRB pointed out that West Bengal recorded 30,942 crime cases against women in 2012. They include 2,046 cases of rape, 4,168 of kidnapping, 593 of dowry deaths and 19,865 of domestic cruelty.

However, the State government disputed the facts here saying it was “a misrepresentation” of the facts as its disclaimers sent to the NCRB had not been published.


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