When our ruling party talks about Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, but at the same time, very shameful reports speaks the opposite scenario in Assam.
Assam records the highest crime rate against women, which is about three times more than the national figure reports of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in the year 2020.
Crime Rate is calculated as the number of crimes recorded per one lakh population.
At least 177 women in every one lakh female population in Assam were victims of different crimes in 2019 and the majority of them were targets of cruelty by their husbands or relatives.
Rate of crime against women in Assam stood at 166 for 2018, almost three times the national average rate of 58.8 and marginally above Delhi’s crime rate of 149.6. Haryana was placed third on the list of shame with a crime rate of 107.5 against women.
In the year 2017 and 2018 Assam registered 23,082 and 27,728 crimes against women. Whereas in the year 2017, the rate of crime against women in Assam was 143.3 against the national figure of 57.9. Delhi stood by second with a rate of 133.3, followed by Telangana at 94.7 and Odisha at 94.5. There were 66 cases of rape and murder in Assam in 2018, followed by 46 in Madhya Pradesh and 41 in Uttar Pradesh. In 2018, a cyber crime against women was also the highest in Assam with 295 cases.
Assam is also known in the list for cyber crimes against women in 2018 with 295 cases.
Even amidst Covid-19 pandemic according to the reports from Crime branch, Guwahati city has also faced crime against women. The data records which records 191 cases from Central police district, meanwhile west Police district records 154 cases. East police district registered highest 288 cases.
What are the precautions taken by Police?
Talking to Headline 8 team, top cop from the crime department said. “Cases might rise in last few years but our department is giving their first priority to crime against women. Crimes at public places can be prevented but society has a most important role to play to control.” Adding he also said, “Registration of high number of cases reflects positivity. If I speak about Guwahati, in the recent few days All Women Police station team has been successful to solve high numbers of pending cases.”
Taking more he said, “Yes we’ve taken more plans and also we’re taking helps from publics, meetings in villages, nagarik committee and few others. I must say everyone should come out to speak against such crimes. Sometimes it is too tough to identify the criminals so cases sometimes takes longer period to solve but our team always keep following the cases.”
What is shoddier! The Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) appears to have practically come to a close to exist. If you visit the website of the ASCW, it reveals that there are as many as twelve statutory functions of this body which are supposed to ensure a better deal for women of the state.
There is also a State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) under the State government’s Social Welfare Department, a centrally-funded organization that is required to work towards implementing gender-sensitive programmes, laws and schemes through effective coordination at the state level. The SRCW is also mandated to review and evaluate existing policies, programmes and legislation so that the activities which are cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary nature synergies harmoniously to reach women beneficiaries. But hardly had it any of the activities of the SRCW been visible. So at the end result comes out- Women continue to suffer the most in Assam.