Crimes against women
Crimes against Women (2001-2014)
We have all heard blood-boiling stories of rapes, human trafficking, abusive assaults against women but often all we can do is sympathize towards the victim and eventually, the story gathers dust at storage rooms of police or media archives.
This is an attempt to shed some light on these crimes.
At 3,44,124, WEST BENGAL has the highest Cruelty by Husband or his Relatives accounting for 15.40% of the cases.
It is a linear graph translating to an increase in cases with time.
After 70+ years of Independence and amelioration of human rights and science, Dowry Deaths are still a common sight in India, which is not only shameful but also hideous and pathetic.
At 57,256, UTTAR PRADESH had the highest Dowry Deaths accounting for 26.57% of Dowry Deaths.
A general uptrend is abysmal. 2003 had 12,416 cases (least) and 2011 had 17,236 cases (maximum).
Rape is one of the
most shameless acts of humans. It shows a lack of respect and narcissism at the
very heart of a person that they don’t regard for the consent of another
At 90,996, MADHYA PRADESH had the highest Rape cases and accounted for 14.70% of Rape.
As evident, Cruelty against Women has had a maximum number of cases since 2001 and keeps on growing at an astonishing and unhealthy rate.
This particular instance happens in 2005 onwards when the curve starts to gain momentum. In 2005 Government of India had brought into effect the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.
But this was a positive move from the government and one would naturally ponder upon the ever-increasing rate at which the crime was registered.
PWDVA gave women the voice and support they needed to speak against the injustice that they were silently tolerating.
This was a positive change reflecting the changing mindset. Women of India were always instructed that family is the most important thing in their life, but when that family became the cause of her sadness, she had no choice but to suffer silently.
With PWDV Act, women had the backing of the law. They spoke for their freedom and respect and more cases were registered.
This forces us to think about the number of crimes that were never registered at all, women are still subjected to cruelty and prioritize the husband/family before their own wellbeing.
A similar trend is spotted in 2012.
One horrible and extremely blood raging crime took place in December 2012, Delhi. The Nirbhaya Rape Case.
In 2011-2012 India was the 4th largest economy. Scientific and Technological Advancements were at an all-time high but this one crime proved it was all in vain if we can’t have a safe place for women, for our very own citizens. The law is hollow.
In Early 2013, the Government rolled the Nirbhaya Act into effect with laws related to sexual offences.
The graph then follows an almost vertical trend until the end which might be the same effect as discussed above with the PWDV Act. Women who dared to speak before now came forth. It had to be done because the Nirbhaya case was so frightening and barbaric that one could not even imagine what she had gone through.
It’s not over yet. Even in 2021 as I write this, there’s always news of women subjected to grave iniquities.
Education and inculcation of respect for all genders are key when it comes to a safe and utopian environment. Tightening security and surveillance in the states with the highest number of crimes should slow down the crimes as well.
Written by: Yash Chauhan