Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal
Mumbai: At a time when the whole country is debating the issue of women`s safety, the Maharashtra Home Minister on Wednesday said that even if the government provides one policeman for every house, crime against the fairer sex can`t be stopped.
Patil made the statement in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, while replying to the opposition`s charge that women are feeling unsafe in the current regime.
The state Home Minister said that the rise in rape cases are a result of downslide of moral values.
Defending his comment Patil asserted, these days 6.34 percent rapes are committed by brothers and fathers, 6.65 percent of rapes are committed by close relatives, 42 percent by known persons and 40 percent of the women are raped after being lured for marriage.
“Rate of crimes against women is lesser in Maharashtra as compared to other states,” Patil stressed.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the central government will have a policy of "zero tolerance" for violence against women, and was committed to providing 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislatures, an IANS report said.
Addressing a joint session of Parliament, the President also said the government will strengthen the criminal justice system to provide for effective implementation of laws in tackling crimes against women.
The rape and hanging of two teenaged girls in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh last month is the latest incident of crime against women that has caused nationwide shock and horror.
The National Human Rights Commission had last week asked all state governments to adopt measures ranging from constructing toilets to increasing women`s security.
It had taken a dim view of the fact that women are forced to defecate in the open due to absence of toilets in their homes, which makes them vulnerable to crime. It had asked all the stakeholders to ensure "toilet facilities for each household".