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Culture of Rape

The article “Annihilation by Caste: Lessons from Budaun and Beyond” by Kalpana Kannabiran (EPW, 28 June 2014) is timely. I agree with the author when she writes “Budaun is not an isolated story. It illustrates the vulnerability and disentitlement of dalit-bahujan groups everywhere.” According to the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2003 15,847 rapes were committed in India and this went up to 24,923 in 2012. According to a report in The Times of India (5 July 2014), crimes against women were highest in Andhra Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Even in the north-east states, where the social conditions of women are better, crimes against women increased in six out of the eight states and declined only in Manipur and Mizoram. This culture of rape can be countered only by thoroughgoing social and police reforms.

Shankar Chatterjee

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