The clamour following the recent incidents of crime against women, such as the Badaun and the Meerut Madarasa cases, certainly suggest that Uttar Pradesh under Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would be at top of the crime charts. But data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2013 shows that UP fares better than Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra as far as crime against the fairer sex is concerned.
Under Akhilesh, Uttar Pradesh recorded 3050 cases of rape under Section 376 of the IPC in 2013. In comparison, MP recorded 4335 cases and Rajasthan 3285. Even Maharashtra had more rapes (3065), as per the NCRB.
Interestingly, with 7303 cases of assault on women, UP ranked third after MP and Maharashtra. However, it had the most cases of kidnappings and abductions of women with 11,183 cases, more than double of Bihar’s 5570.
But given state of law and order in Uttar Pradesh, it is hard to believe that the state with a population of over 200 million is behind Madhya Pradesh as far as crime against women is concerned. The reason might be the non registering of crimes, especially those against women.
But UP has for sure had the more notorious cases of crime against women in the past couple of years.
Given below is a list of the cases of rape in UP that shook the entire nation in 2014
August 5, 2014: The gangrape allegation by a former part-time teacher at a madrasa in Meerut’s Sarawa village is the latest in the series of attacks against women. A 20-year-old BA student, a former part-time teacher at a madrasa in Meerut’s Sarawa village, had alleged that she was abducted from her residence, forcibly converted to Islam, and gangraped in another madrasa in Hapur.
July 17, 2014: More recently, in a suspected case of rape and murder, a woman’s bruised and bloodied body was found at a primary school campus in Mohanlalganj police station area on the outskirts of Lucknow on July 17. A post-mortem examination conducted found 12 injuries on the body caused by a blunt object. The private parts had critical injuries that led to excessive bleeding. Abducted in a motor vehicle, the unidentified female in her mid-20s was subjected to extreme sexual abuse that made her bleed profusely. The case was the latest in a string of horrific rapes and murders in Uttar Pradesh.
June 11, 2014: On June 11, a woman was allegedly gangraped by four policemen at a police station in state’s Hamirpur district. The woman had gone to the station to seek her husband’s release and refused to play a bribe to secure the release.
June 10, 2014: In a chilling reminder of the horrific Badaun incident, body of a 45-year-old woman, belonging to a backward caste, was found hanging from a tree after she was allegedly abducted and gang-raped on June 10. The semi-nude body of the victim was found hanging with a saree from a tree in Ranipur area. A resident of Loniyanpur village in Ranipur, the woman was allegedly abducted from Bahraich, gang-raped and later hanged, police said. Three persons were arrested in connection with the incident as the Uttar Pradesh government promised quick action in the matter.
May 27, 2014: In May this year, two girls, cousins and minors, from the Dalit Maurya community were found hanging from a tree in UP’s Badaun district. The girls were allegedly kidnapped, gang-raped, beaten and hanged alive from Katra Sadatganj’s mango tree, triggering nationwide protests and bringing major embarrassment for the Akhilesh government. The incident garnered international media attention with even United Nations condemning the incident and calling for immediate action against the perpetrators. Although the accused were arrested and the probe was handled to the CBI, action is yet to be taken against the guilty.