The percentage of criminal cases against women in India declined in 2015 on a yearly basis, but still, approximately 95 women are raped in the country every day, which is a huge cause of concern for women safety.
Even after the Indian government launched women safety applications, gave recognition to the anti-rape law in 2013, installed GPS in public vehicles and introduced helpline numbers for the safety of women, many women are still raped in the country every day.
Not only molestation but women are also victims of eve-teasing, racism and sexual remarks, which is a big matter of concern.
“As soon as I step out of my house, I can feel pairs of eyes staring at me. Visual harassment is a thing that needs to be stopped,’’ said Pallavi, a fourth year Engineering student in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
According to a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India on August 30, 2016, 327,394 cases of crimes against women were reported in 2015, which is a dip of 3.1 pc from 2014.
NCRB is an Indian government agency responsible for collecting and analysing criminal data, as defined by the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The highest number of cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state, with an alarming figure of 35,527 cases, followed by West Bengal at 33,218, Maharashtra at 31,126, Rajasthan at 28,165, Madhya Pradesh at 24,135, Delhi at 17,104 and Bihar at 13,891.
The victims were in the age group of six to 60 years and most of the accused were known to the victims and were in close relations with them like family members, relatives, colleagues or persons known through somebody else.
Rape and other sexual assaults are becoming more common throughout the world. Though crimes against women came down marginally in India, there are still a lot of women who face harassment daily in different forms, which is a cause of misery.