A week ago, the entire nation was stunned when two minor sisters were gang-raped and murdered before their bodies were hung from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.
In another degrading incident, a woman judge was reportedly rescued in an unconscious state from her official residence, yesterday. She was allegedly raped in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and an attempt was made to murder her. She was found injured at her residence, with a half-empty bottle of pesticide recovered from the place of incidence. The police speculate that she might’ve been forced to drink the pesticide when she resisted the attack.
She is under medical care for now, with the authorities waiting for her to be in a position to testify.
An FIR was lodged on the behest of the brother of the victim at the Civil Lines Police Station, and the police has swung into action to trace the attackers.
According to PRS Legislative Research Report, the number of instances of rape in the State of Uttar Pradesh increased from 1,314 in the year 2006, to 2,042 in 2011, third highest in the country after Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Moreover, several cases go unreported due to societal and family pressure.
Experts claim that northern India is perhaps worse than any other part of the country, with women having a harder time in registering complaints effectively.
Vrinda Grover, a lawyer in the Supreme Court, reportedly says that in northern India “women are not comfortable going up to the police and filing a complaint or, in a similar situation, the police don’t lodge a complaint.”
With the pressure mounting on the Akhilesh Yadav Government and no development in sight, immediate reforms in the law and order situation are indispensable now.