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India Rape Statistics: Punjab's Shame ?

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    Punjab shame piles on: Gang-raped and dumped, nurse critical


    BATHINDA: Even before the memories of Patiala gang rape and suicide case fade, another abduction and gang-rape of a 26-year-old nurse, who was in Chandigarh to attend a job interview, shocked Punjab on Sunday.

    In an observation in the Patiala gang rape and suicide case, the Punjab and Haryana high court last month had made scathing criticism of the state of affairs in Punjab, saying there is need to combat the 'rape culture' in the state. However, the 'rape culture' seems to be continuing in the state.

    In the latest case, the nurse from Landeke village in Moga district was thrown out by the rapists from a car on Bathinda-Dabawali road on Sunday evening, two days after her abduction. The girl, who had completed her nursing course from Mata Sahib Kaur College in Gidderbaha in 2007, is battling for life at Bathinda civil hospital now.

    According to a statement given to Bathinda's Rama Mandi police station SHO Paramjeet Singh, the girl, who had been looking for a job, was informed by one of her friends that there was a vacancy at a Sector 34 hospital in Chandigarh.

    She took a bus to Chandigarh on Friday morning and got down at Sector 43 bus terminal when an unknown person came to her asking for an address. Before she could utter a word, the girl was dragged into a car in which another woman and a man were seated. They gagged her and the trio injected her with some drug after which she fell unconscious.

    When she woke up, she saw four men in a room and one of them was filming her in the nude. When she screamed, he injected her with another dose of some drug. The girl alleged that she was gang-raped by the men. On Sunday morning, she was dragged into a car in a semi-conscious condition by the gang. Later, the girl was thrown out of the vehicle around 5.30pm on Sunday near Rama Mandi area on Bathinda-Dabawali road.

    A car driver, Rohitas Kumar of Kular village in Abohar district, spotted the girl in a serious condition and admitted her to the civil hospital in Bathinda.

    The police have registered a case and a hunt is on for the culprits, said Gurmeet Singh Kingra, DSP, Bathinda.

    Doctor Poonam Dhillon of the civil hospital has conducted a medical examination of the girl and confirmed that the girl was gang-raped.

    On December 26, a minor girl had ended her life in Patiala after the cops failed to take action against those who violated her.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...umped-nurse-critical/articleshow/18108965.cms
     
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    40 rapes in a month in Sukhbir's ‘safe’ Punjab!

    40 rapes in a month in Sukhbir's ‘safe’ Punjab!

    Monday, January, 21 2013 - 18:52

    By Charu Chhibber- PunjabNewsline

    CHANDIGARH: Even though Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would like to portray Punjab as the “safest state” in the country, the latest statistics of crime against women fly in the face of his tall claims.

    As per a report, as many as 10 rape cases are reported every week and 40 per month in the state. Apart from this, there are an equal or perhaps more number of cases that go unreported due to several reasons.

    Even if we take the recent figures into consideration, Punjab definitely is among the top most unsafe states of the country today with as many as 39 cases of rapes, at least 12 molestation cases and several abduction cases of girls have been widely reported by the state’s media over the past 45 days.

    The figure is just the tip of the iceberg as numerous other cases were either not highlighted by the media or went unreported for various reasons.

    As per information obtained under the RTI Act, as many as 4,974 rape cases have been registered in the past 10 years (2002-2012). Shockingly, investigations in 251 rape cases is still pending while in 309 cases, the accused could not be traced. As many as 479 cases were cancelled.

    These are the figures till August 2012. There has been a sudden spate of crimes against women in the state over the past four months.

    As per another report, on an average, about 12 to 15 rape cases are heard every day in the district courts of Patiala, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Chandigarh.

    The most recent incidents that hit national headlines include the gangrape and consequent suicide of a 17-year-old in Patiala; gagnrape of a 29-year-old married woman on a moving bus in Gurdaspur; molestation of a cop’s daughter and his murder in Amritsar; abduction of a 15-year-old school girl at gun pointy from her home in Faridkot.

    Interestingly, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, who also heads the home portfolio, avoided any reference to crimes against women in the state during his speech in the Punjab Legislative assembly in the last session wherein he made tall claims that Punjab was the “safest state in the country”.

    Shockingly, even the official website of the Punjab Police does not depict the number of rape and molestation cases, reflecting upon the widespread callousness and apathetical attitude of the law enforcement agencies towards crime against women.

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    The Republic of Rape

    The Republic of Rape

    Friday, January, 18 2013 - 17:35

    By Charu Chhibber- PunjabNewsline

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    CHANDIGARH: While the nation is witnessing enraged revolutions to light the fire of democracy, numerous little girls and innocent women are being raped every day.

    Indian democracy, the world’s largest with most diversified demographics, is facing a slow death as the crisis of gender equality deepens, earning the country the dubious distinction of being the 'Republic of Rape' on the global map.

    Shamefully, the only growth known to the country in recent times has been in some of the most heinous crimes against half of its population – its women.

    Crime against women includes kidnapping, eve-teasing, sexual harassment, rape and molestation. It is said that every 7 minutes, a crime happens against women in India and in total 25,000 rapes take place per year.

    While women in India generally face several disadvantages — poor health, poor literacy rates, low-grade income levels, falling sex ratio, female feticide, female infanticide to name just a handful — the last few years have witnessed some astonishing acts of violence against women and children.

    Last year, 24,206 cases of rape were reported in India. Acts of violence registered against women in 2010 total around 2,13,585. These crimes have continuously increased during 2006-2010 with 1,64,765 cases in 2006; 1,85,312 cases in 2007; 1,95,856 cases in 2008; 2,03,804 cases in 2009; and 2,13,585 cases in 2010.

    Swayam, a Kolkata-based NGO, asserts that between 2005 and 2009, when the overall crime rate rose by 16%, crimes against women rose by 31%. Conviction on rape charges is also known to be pathetically low.

    The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India released shocking statistics this year. According to NCRB, a rape is committed every 54 minutes in India, molestation every 26 minutes, eve-teasing every 51 minutes. A survey conducted by Thomson Reuters placed India on the 4th rank as world’s most dangerous countries for women along with Afghanistan, Congo and Somalia.

    Andhra Pradesh, accounting for nearly 7.1% of the country’s population, has registered 12.8% of total crimes against women in the country by reporting 27,244 cases. West Bengal with 7.6% share of country’s population has accounted for nearly 12.2% of total crime against women by reporting 26,125 cases in 2010.

    Undoubtedly, the mother of all cities in terms of crimes against women is the Indian national capital New Delhi that is now being rated as the rape capital of not only the country but of the world. Bangalore is ranked second in the tally. Mumbai witnesses over 200 rapes every year apart from 600 molestation cases. Mumbai’s sex crime graph rises 15% per year.

    But these figures are highly defective, not just because most of the cases go unreported but also because legions of crimes against women, sadly, are not even considered criminal offences in our country ruled by patriarchal values. For instance, the rape of a wife by her husband, as long as the wife is over 15 years of age. If these figures were to be included in the statistics of crime against women, we, as a society, would not be able to look ourselves in the mirror.

    Even worse is the fact that various crimes against women are categorized and then painted with same brush. Take for instance the latest vogue of saying “a rape is a rape”. The rest are put on a graded plane of violence. We as a society need to understand that there are degrees of horror in every rape, grades of wrongdoing in each molestation, levels of brutality and intent to harm in every sexual assault. It is high time we admit the difference because unless we move away from categorizing “a rape as a rape”, we cannot do justice to our women.

    A casual scan of the front page of any national or regional newspaper or the flip of any new channel, small or big, assaults the reader with shocking incidents of violence against women and children. Indian society is unable to respect and protect its women and children and has started to lose its moral moorings and has run adrift.

    Women are raped, irrespective of which city they live in, what economic and cultural background they come from, what is their age, or profession. Men rape, irrespective of which city they live in, what economic and cultural background they come from, what is their age and profession.

    This problem cannot be solved by the government and administrative machinery alone. A national awakening involving the entire country and civil society is needed.

    However, this frenzied national thirst for the blood of the rapist, calling for his castration or death merely shifts the focus away from real violence on a real person to an imaginary violence against an exaggerated idea of honour and dignity. It focuses on intangibles like respect, dignity, humiliation and shame rather than on tangible crimes like goaded assault, real injury, and brutal physical violation.

    Right now, as we cry for justice, it may help if we change our mindset; fight deep-rooted sexism and misogyny.

    Also, let us wake up and not allow the political class to continue to let us down, both with their reaction as well as their assessment of the problem; let us force the judiciary and administrative machinery to get pro-active in dealing with such cases on priority and with efficiency; and let us stop blaming others for every wrong. Let us stand up and take responsibility by acknowledging that the culprits are living among us – as our brothers, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, sons and friends.

    Let us vow to educate them rather than banishing our women under the nauseating and non-sensical garb of ‘ethical Indian woman behaviour’ of dressing up in a certain way or not going out after a certain hour.

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    Women's security is definately a concern in India, still India is far from being called republic of rape.Here are some stats

    Indian Crime stats American Crime stats
    Rapes 1.7 30.2
    DEFINITION: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
    SOURCE: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011
    Ranked 68th in 2006. Ranked 5th in 2006. 17 times more than India

    http://www.hoopstatic.com/first-world-problems/?doing_wp_cron=1357413602.9140059947967529296875

    If USA Which s considered as most advanced country and role model for all democracies in world have almost 18 times more per capita rapes for 1,00000 population .Even if we take underreporting of rapes in India and increase per capita of rapes in India 10 times , even still it is lower than USA
     
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    admin note: 3 new threads have been merged as a single thread because they were similar in content, i.e., rape statistics and police response in Punjab. The order of the articles depends on the tie of posting. The thread title may need a change to be more general.
     
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    The link two posts earlier, giving rape statistics for the US, leads to a blog that compares the rape statistics of India to those of the United States. The comparison itself seems valid enough, but in this thread it distorts the point of the conversation.

    This thread started out to be about the incidence of rape and official attitudes toward reporting and addressing rape in the state of Punjab. Before the conversation morphs into a comparison between India and the US, I have some questions that need to be taken seriously by future posters.

    1. Which countries lead the US in percentage of reported rapes? Report more rapes per capita?
    2. Where does Punjab stand in relation to other states in India? How do the northern states compare to those in the south of India?

    These may be difficult questions to answer. Statistics later than 2010 are difficult to find, and often are not reported on international databases, such as crime statistics kept by the United Nations.

    My own opinion, and I have stated this elsewhere: Social attitudes in the US toward rape victims are shamefully similar to official attitudes expressed against rape victims by police, officials, and khaps in India, and particularly in Punjab, judging from quoted material in recent articles. Conversely, the police and courts throughout the US take a very aggressive stand in tackling rape, and are way ahead of the public. This is the result of aggressive political action by women's lobbies and civil rights lobbies. In India something different is happening: Tides of public anger have not subsided in over a month. These tides have swept over the public and are not limited to activist groups. Indian activism seems widespread and the press is not letting go of it.

    3. Final question. How can the current tide of anger in India, and particularly in Punjab, change the attitudes of police and political bodies?
     
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    That is great. So now to quote from the article, "to add some perspective to this debate," I am going to post the complete article. Keeping in mind that rape statistics do tend to be under-reported, and not just in India. And I think I need to put a "?" at the end of the thread title.

    Note: When databases publish "reported rape" statistics, they are referring to rapes reported by police authorities to data-gathering organizations. They are not referring to rapes reported by victims.

    Complete article

     
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