Kolkata, June 13 (): Protesting against the increase in rape cases in the state of west Bengal, women activists on Thursday demonstrated outside Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence in Kolkata seeking to meet her and submit a memorandum of demands.
The umbrella organisation of women activists, demanded the Chief Minister to reply on a report released by the National Bureau of Crime Records which claimed that West Bengal has the maximum number of crimes against women in the country.
The protesters however were not allowed to meet the Chief Minister and therefore had to drop an open letter asking Mamata as to what was the cause behind not asking about the two recent and brutal rape and murder cases in the state. Police arrested thirteen women activists in connection with the case after dispersing the others.
The incident which occurred in Kolkata in a row caused huge uproar among the people of the state when a twenty year old college girl was brutally raped and murdered by six men last Friday at Kamdoni village. Three days later, a school going girl was raped and murdered at Gede in Nadia district.
A report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), has recorded the highest number of crimes against women in Bengal continuously for the second year in a row in 2012, which was denied by the state government claiming the publication as fake.
In the year 2012, Bengal recorded a total of 30,942 cases of crime against women, out of which 4,168 reported to be kidnap cases 2,046 were rape cases, while 593 were dowry cases and 19,865 cases were cruelty by husband or relatives, said NCRB report.
However, Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee claimed the allegation as false and added saying that rape cases in the state has come down significantly in 2012, which is far less when compared to states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.