In 2007, 21 cases were registered every day as crime against women. It increased to 39 in 2016, according to the National Crime Records Bureau data. This means that the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case that shook the conscience of the nation did not put a break on the rising trend of crime against women.
Now a survey, conducted on the occasion of International Women’s Day today by citizen engagement platform LocalCircles, has shown that an overwhelming 87 per cent people carry the same impression as one would have after examining NCRB data.
The survey tried to ascertain people’s perception about women’s safety in the country more than five years after a paramedical student was brutally gangraped and left to die on streets of the national capital on a chilly night. Her male friend was thrashed and both were thrown off a bus.
About 37 per cent of the respondents said that crimes against women have increased in the last five years while another 50 per cent felt that there was no reduction in the incidents of attacks on women in the country.
“These numbers are startling, keeping in mind the big promises and announcements made after the Nirbhaya rape case to pacify people. The women’s helpline created by the police has been receiving an increasing number of complaints everyday about molestation, sexual advances, household violence and much more,” LocalCircles said releasing the findings of the survey.
About 75 per cent of the participants blamed the state governments for dismal picture of women’s safety in the country. Police have been found to be wanting in taking the cases of crimes against women to their logical conclusion.
With a conviction rate of 18.9 per cent, 2016 proved to be the worst year in a decade for punishing the culprits in the cases relating to crime against women.