In an objectionable assertion only a day after Worldwide Ladies’s Day, Rajasthan cupboard minister Shanti Dhariwal on Wednesday related excessive variety of rape circumstances in Rajasthan with the state “being a males’s state.”

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Giving reply to a debate within the Meeting for grants to police and jails departments, Dhariwal, who can also be the cupboard minister for Regulation and Authorized Affairs, stated, “We’re primary in rape, ismein koi do raai nahin (little question about that), ab ye rape ke mamle mein kyun hain, kahin na kahin galti hai ye toh s**** (now why we’re primary, it’s a fault someplace).”

As some MLAs sitting behind him spoke, he turned to them and stated, “Rajasthan toh mardon ka pradesh raha hai yaar, ab uska kya karein (Rajasthan has been a state of males, what to do about that),” prompting some ministers and MLAs to burst into laughter.

“Uttar Pradesh is quantity 2, Madhya Pradesh is quantity 3, Maharashtra is quantity 4, Assam is quantity 5 and Haryana is quantity 6,” Dhariwal stated.

Nonetheless, nobody objected to his feedback within the Meeting; the Opposition had boycotted Dhariwal’s reply earlier than these feedback have been made. They’d staged a walkout after Dhariwal had alleged that ladies are most unsafe in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of PM Narendra Modi. Reacting sharply to his assertion, the BJP MLAs created uproar within the Home and had staged a walkout.

Later within the day, BJP state president Satish Poonia stated that Dhariwal’s “shameless confession of the state being primary in rapes is just not solely an insult to ladies however has additionally introduced down the dignity of males. If Congress has any morality left, then such a minister needs to be proven the way in which out.”

As per Nationwide Crime Information Bureau (NCRB) knowledge for 2020 — which was launched in September, 2021 — on the subject of IPC part 376 (rape), Rajasthan tops the record with an incidence (FIRs registered) of 5,310 and 5,337 victims. In absolute numbers, Uttar Pradesh is a distant second with an incidence of two,769 and a couple of,796 victims.

General, Rajasthan stood fifth in crime towards ladies, an enchancment from its third place in 2019. For crimes towards ladies, the state has against the law charge of 90.5 per lakh inhabitants; it’s calculated by including crimes registered below the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Particular and Native Legal guidelines (SLL). The record is topped by Assam with 154.3; nevertheless, it is likely one of the smaller states. It’s adopted by Odisha (112.9), Telangana (95.4) and Haryana (94.7). The nationwide common is 56.5.

And on the subject of absolute numbers for crimes towards ladies, Rajasthan (34,535) is subsequent solely to Uttar Pradesh (49,385) and West Bengal (36,439).

Nonetheless, Rajasthan officers say that submit 2018, not simply rape however general crime figures have shot up within the state attributable to strict measures and varied initiatives by the Ashok Gehlot authorities, which got here to energy in December 2018. The chief amongst them is strengthening the framework round obligatory registration of FIR in 2019.


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