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No development model is complete if women are insecure

Saturday - January 19, 2019 1:25 pm , Category : OPINION & INTERVIEW

Rape is a serious social blot that tarnishes the image of a society, ruins lives and stalls development because of the atmosphere of insecurity. In Madhya Pradesh, at least 10 women are reported raped every day and five to six gang-raped every week.

More than half of these victims are minors. Anywhere between 4,000 and 5,000 women are raped in the state every year on an average, of which 2,000 to 2,500 happen to be minors. Data also shows that 240-250 gang-rapes are reported in a year. Madhya Pradesh accounts for anywhere between 13 and 15 per cent of all rape cases reported from across the country.

There was 74 per cent rise in rape cases and 630 per cent surge in cases of kidnapping of women between 2006 and 2015, according to the analysis by NGO Vikas Samwad. The analysis is based on cases registered under crime against women in the state between 2006 and 2015 in state crime records bureau. Even if we buy the claim made by the police that the numbers are high because MP leads in registering of cases where other states fail, the numbers are startling and the trend disturbing. States of south India and Gujarat and several other states like those in the north east also have high incidence of police filings but the number of rapes is never as high as that in MP.

The government cannot shun its responsibility hiding behind excuses because no matter what, over 5,000 rapes a year certainly demand urgent corrective measures. Despite several schemes running in the state like Ladli Lakshmi and Beti Bachao apart from women police stations and squads aiming at the safety and development of girls and women, the fruits are not visible. The state government faces constant criticism for this one lacuna in administration that brings bad name to the state, but the governments on the other hand seem hard put to find out ways to check the crime. There is policing lapse for certain because fear of the law is a big deterrent for criminals. Patrolling must not be adequate yet which gives the perpetrators the time and audacity to unleash their lust.

Police alertness must not be up to the mark. Cops might be corrupt and hush up crimes. Had there been police cooperation and prompt addressing of issues, including lodging of FIRs, things would have been different. In the urban set up the police may be better equipped and better oriented towards addressing the issues, though far from perfect yet, but in the rural areas things are drastically different and administrative lapses get glaring due to lack of accountability and monitoring.  The government must take steps in that direction. No development model is complete if women are insecure and live in fear and mistrust.

All the schemes of women’s uplift fail in the wake of raging rape incidents that plague the state. It is bestial, heinous and the most condemnable and loathsome of crimes which is anti-civilisation and regressive. There must not be any leniency or tolerance from any quarter for criminals involved in rapes. They must get exemplary punishment so that others fear to think of such gory designs. Our tardy legal system also needs to cooperate and fast track cases of rape for early action against the criminals. -Window To News