Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 45% of UP rape cases in '10 were of Dalits



45% of UP rape cases in '10 were of Dalits
Vikas Pathak, Hindustan Times
Delhi, June 25, 2011

pulation is about 22% and the crimes against Dalit women clearly
outnumber their population proportions. In previous years, 2009, 2008
and 2007, Dalit victims of rape accounted for 18%, 20 % and 19 % of
the total number of rapes, respectively.

While there was a decline in the total number of rapes in the state in
2010 compared with 2009, when 1,759 rapes were recorded, the number of
Dalit women raped jumped to 53.91%.

"Dalits still remain most vulnerable. Relations of direct
subordination are often central to sexual crimes," said Badri Narayan,
an Allahabad-based expert on UP's Dalit politics.

At a time when the Mayawati government battles potential damage to its
credibility by recurrent reports of rapes of Dalit girls, the
government clearly has a lot to do before the coming polls.

Politically, the recent rapes of Dalit girls have become embarrassing
for Mayawati, because her core claim to political legitimacy is
empowerment of Dalits.

In terms of statistics, there is another issue staring Mayawati in the face.

The total number of cognizable crimes in UP has seen a big jump since
2007 (when the BSP came to power) though this could also be explained
- as a UP official claimed - by more cases being registered under the
present dispensation.

"More cases are being registered under this government, but crimes are
also increasing due to rapid socio-economic change, widespread
corruption and aspiration. But it is true that mafia crime has
decreased under Mayawati," Narayan said.

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