Guwahati: Of late multiple incidents of sexual violence have left the country shaken. What is worrisome is that a large number of victims are minors – young girls and children. While the entire country is grappling with a rise in violence against women, Assam is no exception.
The northeast region has often prided itself on being a comparatively better and safer place for women. However, statistics on crime proves that even here, women and children are not safe anymore.
Assam has at least 7,348 rape cases registered since the Sarbananda Sonowal government took charge in 2016.
Official figures revealed that in 2016, 1,779 cases of rape was registered in the state; in 2017, 1,708 rape cases were registered; in 2018, 1,909 cases were registered; and in 2019, 1,952 cases of rape against women were registered in Assam.
Condemning the chief minister and the BJP-led government, APCC president Ripun Bora on October 31 tweeted that, “Rising no of crime against #Women cases in #Assam is a proof how @BJP4Assam & @sarbanandasonowal Govt is failing to assure security of women and making it a vulnerable gender of the society. #BJPFailsAssam #Womensecurity #ModiFailsIndia”
Statistics prove that the crime against women have increased over the years. Even National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports revealed that Assam has topped the list of states in rate of crime against women for 3 consecutive years since 2017.
Since ages, women have been subjected to humiliation, violence and sexual exploitation. They have always been victims of male dominance and brutality and have been suppressed members of the society.
A lot of hue and cry is being made over the alleged gang rape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras. When it comes to women’s safety in India, it is a fact that the country where we supposedly worship women as Goddesses is no longer safe for women.