Crimes against women
HT quoted the union home minister:
Crimes of “serious” nature against women have increased in the last few years and appropriate measures need to be adopted for salutary punishment to those who commit them, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Thursday.
He also asked the country’s police brass to take stern steps to check child trafficking.
“Serious crimes against women have continuously increased during the period 2009-11. We need to adopt appropriate measures for swift and salutary punishment to the persons found guilty of violence against women,” he said addressing police director generals and inspector generals from across the country during an annual conference here.
Referring to crime against children, he said, “In 2011 alone, nearly 60,000 children are reported to be missing in the country. This is such a large number that it merits some attention from the police at all levels”.
Crimes increase partly because of bad enforcement. However, in this case the prevelance of sex-selective abortions could also be related. It would be useful to have statewise and districtwise statistics to check the hypothesis.