20 October, 2020

Irrational Numbers? Go Count

The state comes across as the worst in terms of rape statistics in the country

Vivek Pateria
Irrational Numbers? Go Count

ON December 28, a day before the Delhi gangrape victim died, a six-and-a-half-year-old was raped in Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh while playing outside her shanty. Her father, a mason, was away, and her mother was at a neighbour’s place. Three days later, an 18-year-old tribal girl, a manual labourer in a power plant, was gangraped by four youth in Singrauli district. There is an eerie rhythm to events such as these.

Both these victims belonged to the ‘Bharat’ of Mohan Bhagwat. And while chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan may like to call himself the ‘mama’ (maternal uncle) of all the betis in his state, it has not made women in the state any safer. Madhya Bharat, in fact, has been where rape against poor women and girls has for centuries been almost socially sanctioned.

For the last several years in a row, Madhya Pradesh has been topping the charts in terms of the number of rapes. According to National Crime Records Bureau (ncrb) statistics, as many as 3,406 incidents of rape...



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