‘Crime rate on rise, rape cases more in UP’

Mumbai: The crime rate is on rise in the country, more particularly rape incidents which have become a matter of concern in Uttar Pradesh, Chairperson of National Commission for Women Yasmeen Abrar said here on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, Abrar, who is on a visit to the city, criticised the UP government saying that the safety aspect of females in the state was a matter of serious concern and had gone from bad to worse.

Referring to a recent rape case in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri district involving policemen, Abrar said investigations revealed there was no rape and murder and it was a case of suicide. However, probe initiated by Commission showed that it was a case of rape and murder. She regretted that law enforcers became law offenders.

Earlier, Abrar met the Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik and discussed with him the security measures undertaken by police for safety of women in the city.

She said the Commission had set up a national monitoring committee to look into safety of women and this committee had embarked upon an exercise to visit various places all over the country to get a first hand feel of the measures undertaken to provide security to the fairer sex.

Abrar said the National Commission of Women had suo motu taken up the recent rape case of Kurar area in Mumbai and initiated an inquiry into the incident.

Although no one had come forward to register a complaint in the Kurar rape case, the city police had suo motu taken up the probe and did a good job, she said.

A TV channel had reported the incident, in which a 20-year-old girl was allegedly raped on May 10 this year by five youths, including two minors, who subsequently circulated an MMS of the crime, following which police initiated a probe into the case.

The Crime Branch also assisted the local police and all the five accused were arrested.