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Parliamentary committee to prepare report on atrocities and crimes against women

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The permanent parliamentary committee on home affairs will discuss atrocities and crimes against women on November 18 and will call officials from the Union Ministry of the Interior to discuss the matter before preparing a report on the matter.

The panel addresses the matter in the context of the alleged rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras of Uttar Pradesh which sparked outrage. The woman’s family alleged that the state police forced her cremation, sparking protests.

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Hathras’ 19-year-old woman died in a Delhi hospital after the assault. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against the main defendant, Sandip Singh. He and three others, all from higher castes, are in jail. They were named after the victim before he died on September 29.

The committee, according to officials, will meet with various women’s groups and legal experts before finalizing its report. The panel may request stricter measures to address this threat.

A few months ago, the committee also discussed the issue of “Increasing Crime in Delhi and NCR”, with a strong focus on crime against women and robbery incidents in the national capital.

The rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in 2012 in New Delhi led to the passage of a stricter law against sexual violence that also provides for the death penalty for rape. But that didn’t stop crimes against women.

According to data from the National Criminal Records Bureau (NCRB), an average of 88 rape cases were reported per day in 2019. Many experts believe that these figures may not reflect the real situation, as many cases of violence against women are not reported due to the stigma attached to rape.

The panel on the interior ministry, led by Congress leader Anand Sharma, will also address national security, intelligence coordination and the fight against terrorism, police training, modernization and reforms, prison conditions and infrastructure and reforms, development activities in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and related issues at a later stage.

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