Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (LocalWire): Lack of safety and security of women often grabbed the spotlight in 2019 despite the law-enforcing agencies’ claim of initiating measures to curb such offences.
As the year is about to end, two recent crimes – the rape and murder of a minor girl in Nabarangpur and case of gang rape of a minor in Puri in the current month – bear testimony to vulnerability of young girls and women in the state.
The statistics reeled out by the state Home department proves wrong the government’s assertion of crimes making a nosedive in the state.
If the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data is any indication, Odisha is on the top of countrywide molestation cases while it was fourth in dowry-death cases in the country.
As many as 7,706 molestation cases and 337 dowry deaths were registered across the state till 30 September of the current year.
The number of rape cases registered in the year 2017 was 2,221 against 2,144 in the previous year. In 2018, it climbed to 2502 cases while till 30 September, 1865 rape cases have been registered this year. Of them, 965 cases pertained to sexual assault of minors. 2018 had witnessed 1430 cases of minors being raped of whom six women were raped and then murdered.
The state police are dealing stringently with women-related crimes in general and rape cases in particular, Home Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra said.
Citing instance of charge-sheet being filed within 20 days in the Puri minor gang rape case, he said the government has resolved towards speedy trial and conviction of accused at the earliest. Investigations are being made foolproof to ensure the conviction of perpetrators of heinous crimes like rape, he said.
The minister added that effective measures by police will pay dividend in the future and when total conviction is ensured, rape cases will do down.
Odisha law minister Pratap Jena also spoke on the same lines.
Delay in trials was an area of concern. The government has taken steps to do away with the delay in trial by setting up more fast track courts, he said.