Many Stalk­ers, Few Con­victs

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In the early hours of Au­gust 5, in Chandigarh, two drunk young men tailed a woman with the ap­par­ent in­tent to kid­nap and rape. The woman, Varnika Kundu, evaded her stalk­ers and called the po­lice. One of the ac­cused, 23-year-old Vikas, is the son of Haryana BJP pres­i­dent Sub­hash Bar­ala. For­tu­nately for Kundu, she is the daugh­ter of an IAS of­fi­cer. Me­dia at­ten­tion might mit­i­gate po­lit­i­cal pres­sure in this case, but by and large victims have lit­tle re­course—as na­tional fig­ures re­cently re­leased by the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs prove.

18,097

CASES OF STALK­ING WERE REG­IS­TERED UN­DER SEC­TION 354D OF THE IN­DIAN PE­NAL CODE FROM 2014-2016

1,216

CON­VIC­TIONS WERE SE­CURED, THOUGH 13,673 CHARGE SHEETS WERE FILED AGAINST THE AC­CUSED AND 20,753 AR­RESTS MADE IN THOSE CASES

5.3%

CON­VIC­TION RATE FOR STALK­ING IN 2016, OR 379 OUT OF 7,132 REG­IS­TERED CASES

157%

RISE IN STALK­ING IN TE­LAN­GANA FROM 2014 TO 2016, COM­PARED WITH A 42% DROP IN UT­TAR PRADESH SINCE 2014

13.8%

IN­CREASE IN STALK­ING IN­CI­DENTS IN 2016 OVER 2015; 33.3% IN­CREASE IN 2015 OVER PRE­VI­OUS YEAR

23.2%

RISE IN AR­RESTS IN 2016 OVER 2015; 28.6% RISE IN AR­RESTS IN 2015 OVER PRE­VI­OUS YEAR

3,783

STALK­ING CASES RE­PORTED IN MA­HA­RASH­TRA—THE HIGH­EST IN THE COUN­TRY—BE­TWEEN 2014 AND 2016

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