India: Loss of ethics & values the root cause of escalating, chiefly male, violence against women Print E-mail
 Monday January 14 2008

Every hour, 18 women face brutalities in India

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New Delhi, IANS: Every hour that ticks by in India inflicts more brutality on women, with two rapes, two kidnappings, four molestations and seven incidents of cruelty from husbands and relatives, reveal the latest national crime statistics.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), on an average every hour at least 18 women in the country were victimised in 2006 and more disturbingly, the numbers are swiftly increasing. Among states, AP topped the list of crimes against women with 21,484 cases, accounting for 13 per cent of the total incidents in 2006. UP was a close second, with 9.9 per cent of such crimes.

The recent rape case of a British journalist in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city and the molestation of two NRI women in Mumbai have once again highlighted the need for stronger measures to empower and protect women in the country.

Crimes against women have been increasing with each passing day. NCRB reveals an increasing trend of rapes from 2003 to 2006.

“Rape incidents reported a substantial increase of 15 per cent in 2004 over 2003, a marginal increase of 0.7 per cent in 2005 over 2004 and an increase of 5.4 per cent in 2006 over 2005,” the report said.

Kiran Bedi, the most decorated woman officer, said at a conference that the loss of ethics and values was the root cause of escalating cases of violence against women.

“Police say that crime statistics are dropping but we know that it is not true. Hiding data will not improve the situation, revealing it will. This way we will be able to know where we lag behind,” Bedi said.
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Friday January 4 2008

Bedi unveils 'Safer India'

New Delhi, Agencies:

In her first major step after doffing her police uniform, Kiran Bedi on Thursday unveiled a website, ‘Mission Safer India’, to register complaints from the public. She used the occasion to point out inefficiency in the police as well, and pulled them up for hiding facts from the public.

While announcing, www.saferindia.com, Bedi, India’s first woman police officer who retired last month, said that police officials were misleading the media and citizens by manipulating statistics. “Not even a single police officer has dared to reveal the correct crime graph.”

She also said that police officials were not addressing complaints from people, and by refusing to probe criminal cases were actually encouraging criminals. “In my endeavour to bring reforms in policing, today we are launching a mechanism through which we would ask people to register their grievances with our website,” she said at the launch.“The victims’ complaint would be forwarded to the respective police chiefs with a copy to the complainant.”