‘Beti Bachao’ re­mains just a slo­gan in Haryana

Sunday Express - - INDIA - HARPREET BAJWA

HARYANA has taken gi­ant steps to­wards cor­rect­ing the State’s skewed sex ra­tio but when it comes to crimes against women, it is still among the worst in the coun­try with the crime rate ris­ing with each pass­ing year.

The State’s du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion was only un­der­lined ear­lier this week when a CBSE Board ex­am­i­na­tion top­per was al­legedly gan­graped at a vil­lage in Ma­hen­der­garh by a group of men she knew.

In yet an­other chill­ing re­minder of how un­safe women are in the state, a 32-year-old woman head con­sta­ble of Haryana Po­lice was gang-raped in­side an all­woman po­lice sta­tion in Pal­wal.

As per data tabled in the re­cent mon­soon ses­sion of the As­sem­bly, rapes, mo­lesta­tions, kid­nap­pings and dowry ha­rass­ment cases have wit­nessed a sharp in­crease in the last three years.

In 2016, 9,082 crimes against women were reg­is­tered. This climbed to 10, 248 in 2017 and in the first six months of this year, al­ready 5,865 cases have been reg­is­tered.

The ris­ing graph can be seen in rape cases also. 1,079 cases were reg­is­tered in 2016, 1,328 in 2017 and in the first half of this year, al­ready 770 rapes have been com­mit­ted.

As for kid­nap­pings, the fig­ures are 2,634 for 2016, 3,215 for 2017 and 2118 for the first six months this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the statis­tics, Gu­ru­gram tops the list of crimes against women with 95 cases of rape, 162 cases of mo­lesta­tion, 268 cases of kid­nap­ping, and 63 cases of dowry ha­rass­ment be­ing reg­is­tered in Gu­ru­gram.

Farid­abad is close be­hind with 90 rapes, 108 cases of mo­lesta­tion and 234 kid­nap­pings hav­ing been reg­is­tered till June, while last year, 127 rapes, 208 cases of mo­lesta­tion, 389 kid­nap­pings and 473 dowry ha­rass­ment cases were reg­is­tered.

Asked about the ris­ing cases of sex­ual vi­o­lence and crimes against women, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice BS Sandhu told The

Sun­day Stan­dard that the in­crease was partly due to high regis­tra­tion of cases and also due to set­ting up of all-women po­lice sta­tions. “There were many false com­plaints of rape. Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions, around 20 per cent com­plaints were found to be friv­o­lous. Also, there have been in­ci­dents in which rape com­plaints were ac­tu­ally honey-trap cases. The po­lice busted 47 such cases this year alone,” he said.

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