Jodhpur High Court Sends Notice To Rajasthan Government Over Rapes
By Ndtv 17-May-2019
In addition to the Alwar incident, another Dalit woman was allegedly raped on May 7 by two men at a hospital in Kathoomar. A third attack - on a five-year-old girl - was reported from Chittorgarh. A fourth rape case was registered from Bharatpur district on Wednesday against a man accused of raping a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl.
According to data from the Rajasthan Police website, a total of 1509 rape cases were reported till April 2019; this figure is up from 1312 in the same period last year. The data also shows an increase of 122 reported rape cases in April 2019 as compared to April 2018 and an increase of 108 cases in April 2019 as compared to March 2019.
Earlier this month BJP's state unit president Madan Lal Saini criticised the state government's "failure in maintaining law and order". His statement came after the party staged a protest against rising incidents of crime against Dalits and women in the state.
The state government also came under heavy fire after the Alwar incident, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BSP chief Mayawati alleging the Congress suppressed news of the gang-rape in light of May 6 polling in the state.
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