Maharashtra Home minister R R Patil blamed nudity in mass media for the rising sexual crimes against women and said even deploying policemen in every household will not help since a majority of rapes happen within the confines of home.
In his statement before the state Legislative Council on Wednesday, the NCP leader read out statistics to prove his point. “If a father doesn’t behave like a father and a brother doesn’t behave like a brother, then we are looking at making separate provisions in the laws to act against such people. In such a situation what can police do?,” Patil said. He went on to say that in 6.65 per cent cases the rapes are committed by relatives, in 21.79 per cent cases the accused are neighbours, in 18.68 per cent cases the crime is committed by colleagues and friends, 1.60 per cent are by landlords, 3.01 by paramours and 1.05 percent by teachers.
“As compared to other states, the condition of women is better in Maharashtra and especially in Mumbai,” he said adding the conviction rate in crimes against women has doubled from 8 per cent to 17 per cent in 2013.
Later, in the Assembly, Patil clarified he only meant to say that even if the number of women constables are increased, the police can’t be posted in each and every house. He blamed the media for contorting his statement following which the Speaker said that records of his statement would be checked and a privilege motion could be initiated on Thursday if Patil was found to be right.
In his statement, Patil added that for the security of women outside their homes, 500 wireless jeeps with female police officials would be deployed. A squad of 200 women commandos on bikes would be made in-charge of clamping down on the increasing number of chain-snatching incidents.
Vinod Tawde, Leader of Opposition from BJP in the legislative council, lashed out at Patil for merely preaching instead taking any firm action on the increasing crimes against women and Dalits in the state.