New Trend; Suicide After rape

This is not that number of rape cases, particularly involving minor girls, is steadily increasing in Odisha, but a new trend is coming to fore when the rape victims commit suicide.

This a very disturbing trend that the rape victims commit sucide and indications are these hapless women are losing their hopes on the system, they end their lives because they failed to cope with the social trauma and not sure whether the culprits will be punished.

The latest such incident came from Mayurbhanj district when a 
lecturer at Rairangpur, who was allegedly raped her relative, was found hanging inside a college hostel.

The woman had accused her sister-in-law's brother of raping her while he was drunk. She also alleged that he had taken pictures and threatened her. She had filed a First Information Report (FIR) in October.

However, the police allegedly did not acted upon her complaint and she ended her life.

Mayurbhanj Superintendent of Police Smit P Parmar said two cops have been suspended for negligence of duty.

This is not the first incident in the state. Earlier this month a dalit woman also ended her life at a village under Naugaon police station area in Jagatsinghpur after police allegedly delayed in taking action against the culprit.

Similarly, the State Government has also admitted that a woman panchayat extension officer at Haridaspur panchayat in Jajpur district, has also committed suicide.

The Government was yet to cite reasons behind the suicide of the PEO even as it arrested a man on charge of abetment.

Much before, the much sensational Kunduli gang rape victim had also committed suicide.

Therefore, the State Government should give a deep thinking on how to prevent such suicide cases which is too disturbing in nature. Though there are women and child desk in all the police stations across the state, they appeared not doing their beats.

The rape victims needs counseling which apparently led to such extreme steps.

Sadly, O
disha has registered 1,865 rape cases including sexual assault on 956 minor girls, 7,706 molestation incidents and 337 dowry death cases during the first nine months of 2019.

"The state has registered 1,865 rape cases which include 956 minor girls by end of September 30, 2019," Minister of State for Home, DS Mishra, recently said while replying to questions in the Assembly.

Of the total 1865 rape cases registered till September 30, the victims were killed in six incidents, DS Mishra said. "Steps were taken to provide relief to the rape survivors.

They were also provided counselling by Government agencies," the Minister said.

The Minister’s statement indicated that that minor girl rape cases have been increasing in the state. While 1,212 minor rape cases were reported in 2015, it was 1,204 in 2016. The year 2017 reported 1,283 minor rape cases which increased to 1,430 the next year, the datasheet revealed.

About the number of total rape cases, official sources said 2,286 rape cases were registered in 2015, 2,144 in 2016, 2,221 in 2017 and 2,502 in 2018. Till September 30, 2019, the state has registered 1,865 rape cases, it said.

The official datasheet also revealed that while 13 rape and murder cases were registered in 2015, it was 18 each in 2016 and 2017. At least 15 rape and murder cases were reported in 2018 and six such crimes had been reported during the first nine months of 2019.

The Minister said, while 10,019 cases of molestation were reported in 2018, it was 7,706 cases till September 30, 2019.

About dowry deaths, DS Mishra said, the state registered 501 cases in 2018 and 337 cases till September 30, 2019.

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