A 17-year-old girl in eastern India was attacked with acid and transferred to a hospital in the capital for treatment on Wednesday, the latest case of violence against women to garner media attention in the Asian nation of more than a thousand. In 2021, women are assaulted every day.
“Sister Kajal has been referred to the burn unit of AIIMS (hospital) trauma center in New Delhi. We pray for her speedy recovery,” Panna Gupta, health minister of the eastern state of Delhi, tweeted today. The attack was carried out on August 5 in Jharkhand state.
The case drew media attention two days after another 20-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a man she refused to marry in the state of Madhya Pradesh (centre), or after another 16-year-old girl died on Sunday. Jharkhand, succumbed to burns after a poacher set her on fire while she was sleeping.
“I told my father at home and he said we will investigate the next morning and he went to sleep and at 4 am (the hunter) came and poured petrol on me from the window and ran away. ,” he explained. In a statement published by Indian media, the victim told the police before he died.
None of these attacks is an isolated phenomenon in India, where 428,278 women reported being victims of violence in 2021, according to the latest data released this week by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
This is a 15% increase compared to 2020 when 371,503 complaints were registered from women across the country.
However, this report reveals only a fraction of the cases that occur as it only takes into account the complaints received by the police station and ignores other crimes that do not escape privacy.
Cruelty against a husband or relative accounted for nearly a third of the complaints last year, followed by 86,631 cases of “intent to outrage the dignity of women”.
Kidnapping, with 71,040 complaints, and rape, with 30,216, represent the most common crimes reported by them.
The NCRB report also counted other brutal crimes, such as 287 women killed after rape or 98 acid attacks.
Even excluding the thousands of unreported assaults, the data shows that 64.5 women out of every 100,000 will be victims of some form of crime in 2021 in this country of 1.4 billion people.
The northeastern state of Assam, with 168.3 complaints from women per 100,000 inhabitants, was the least safe place for them in India, while insecurity was highest in the capital, with 147.6 crimes reported by women. , according to NCRB. Document.
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