Crime against women: Karnataka sees 90% accused walk free
Arun Dev, TNN Jan 30, 2014, 06.33PM IST
BANGALORE: Notwithstanding enhancements in their economies, or the cosmopolitan status they enjoy allowing women to break traditional ceilings of society, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra seem to be doing little to protect women.
Conviction rate in Karnataka was 11.6 per cent in 2010, dropping to 9.3 per cent in 2011. In 2012, just 434 of the 23,525 charge-sheeted, went to jail, forming 6.5 per cent
Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the states with the worst record of conviction for crime against women, with more than 90 per cent of the accused in the said states walking free from courts.
Analysis of Ministry of Home Affairs' data reveals that conviction rates in these states have been less than 10 per cent for over three years, as opposed to the national average of 21 per cent to 27 per cent.
During the same time, states of Gujarat and Maharashtra record an average conviction rate of 4.6 per cent and 5.9 percent respectively, from 2010-2012.
Bangalore city police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told TOI: "I agree that we are going wrong somewhere and we need to wake up to this reality and act."
Referring to a recent acquittal, an investigating officer said when he took the complaint of domestic violence three years ago, it appeared water-tight. "However, the victim turned hostile after her husband agreed for divorce and compensation," he said.
2010 2011 2012
Gujarat 5.3% 4.1% 4.5%
Karnataka 11.6% 9.3% 6.5%
Maharashtra 5.9% 6.5% 5.5%
West Bengal 9.6% 9.2% 7.8%
National Avg 27.8% 26.9% 21.3%
(Source: Ministry of Home Affairs)