The Supreme Court termed the incident ‘horrible and shocking’ while hearing a plea for probe by the CBI and SIT into the alleged gangrape on Tuesday.
However, this isn’t the lone incident that has shaken up the country. Several incidences like Nirbhaya rape case (2012), Unnao rape case (2017), Kathaua rape case (2018) and the Hyderabad rape cum murder case (2019) expose the grim reality of bestial sexual crimes against women in the country. A survey by Thomas Reuters Foundation in 2018 ranked India as the most dangerous country for sexual violence against women.
Crimes against women have been steadily rising over the years. According to the latest NCRB report, 2019 saw over 4 lakh reported cases of crimes committed against women, up from 3.78 lakh in 2018 and 3.59 lakh cases in 2017.
NCRB reported 32,033 rape cases which translates to a shocking 88 rape cases a day — and this is just 10% of all crimes against women. Experts say that picture could be far worse as most such crimes go unreported in the country.
Uttar Pradesh holds the worst record
NCRB data shows that in 2019, Uttar Pradesh topped the states in crimes against women with a whopping 59,853 cases, followed by Rajasthan and Maharashtra with 41,550 and 37,144 cases respectively.
Rajasthan tops in rape cases
In terms of rape incidences, Rajasthan fared worst with nearly 6,000 reported cases. Uttar Pradesh ranked second with over 3,000 cases.
No effect of Nirbhaya judgment
The recent incident proves that the execution of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case (that took place this year) had no effect on criminals. When the execution took place, it was assumed that it would send a strong message to perpetrators of such crimes, but the recent incidents have proved it otherwise.
One reason for this is poor conviction rate and the long road to justice. In 2018 and 2019, the conviction rate for rape was below 30%. Which means out of 100 cases only 30 saw convictions. Absence of forensic labs, fast-track courts and investigators are also partly responsible for this.