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How safe are women in Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is known for its customs & culture, not only in India but in the whole world. The people here are considered welcoming, warm, cultured, and whatnot! People from across the globe visit Rajasthan to witness all these things.

But, is Rajasthan like this in real?

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in its 2021 annual report, released recently, stated that Rajasthan reported the highest number of rape cases in the country in 2021 with an increase of more than 19 percent in comparison to the previous year, 2020.

The desert state has emerged the front-runner in the number of rape cases, including POCSO involving victims below the age of 18 years, among the 28 states and eight Union Territories in the country.

The NCRB statistically charted the state with as many as 6,337 rape cases, 1,027 cases more than the preceding year, 2020

In the POCSO cases, a total of 6,337 cases were reported, out of which, 18 girls are below the age of 6 years, 64 girls below the age of 12 years, 442 girls below the age of 18 years, and 929 above the 18 years fell prey to the crime. About 4,889 women above the age of 30 were allegedly victims of the rape and the cases were being dealt with in the referred courts after the charge sheets.

Under the metropolitan cities’ crime graph, Delhi is most vulnerable to women crime as it recorded 13,982 cases against 9,782 in the previous year 2020, Mumbai stood second with 5,543 women crime cases against 4,583 cases in 2020. The state capital of Jaipur in Rajasthan recorded 2827 women crime cases which were 458 more than the previous year of 2020.

The numbers show the grim state of Rajasthan. Every day, when we open newspapers, there are cases of eve teasing, sexual harassment, rape, gang rape, and brutal murder. People usually blame women for being out late hours, for wearing revealing, western dresses, for being in male company and the list is endless.

But what is the solution to this?

Unless we change our mindset, the situation of women will remain the same. Therefore, a slow and consistent change in empowering women and making our country a safer place for them is essential.

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