The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics are out and West Bengal has topped the charts for crime against women. The irony in the story is that the state is ruled by a woman chief minister — Mamata Banerjee — whose poll cry had been ‘Ma, Mati, Manush’ (mother, earth and mankind).
According to the NCRB report, 30,942 cases of crime against women were reported in 2012, the highest in the country.
West Bengal accounted for 12.67 per cent of the total crime committed against women in the country while Kolkata ranked the third most unsafe metropolis for women, behind Delhi and Bangalore.
Mamata’s state is followed by Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh with 28,171 and 23,569 cases, respectively. In 2011, the number of incidents of crime against women in West Bengal was 29,133.
The statistics depicted a grim picture of West Bengal with more than 2,000 cases of rape registered in 2012 alone.
Contesting the statistics released by the NCRB, West Bengal director general of police Naparajit Mukherjee claimed that rapes and other heinous crimes against women have declined significantly in 2012.
“Rape incidents and other heinous crimes have come down considerably in the state. The NCRB refuses to publish our disclaimer despite our communication. We have already written to them to publish our disclaimer to remove misconception about the state’s overall crime scenario,” Mukherjee said.
The state police chief said that incidents of heinous crimes dropped to 1,978 in 2012 as against 2,317 the year before.
“For the last six months we have been trying to curb incidents of crime against women by taking swift actions. The situation is comparatively better now as compared to other states,” Mukherjee said.
A 20- year- old college girl gang- raped and murdered in North 24- Parganas’ Barasat on Friday.
A 21- year- old Irish girl, working with a charitable organisation on social development projects in Kolkata, allegedly raped on June 1. Mamata dismissed reports of an Anglo- Indian woman’s gangrape in 2012 as false.