Every day we witness cases of rape and sexual abuse in almost every district of the country. In the recent case, the alleged rape and assault of a young woman in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, leading to her death, has triggered anger among everyone across the country.
According to the reports in Odisha, the cases of crime against women have risen by around 4000 and are on the top list of molestation compared to last year. In 2018 at least 20,274 cases of crime against women were registered in Odisha, and in 2019 the number grew to around 23183. And then there will be many unregistered cases also. The molestation cases in 2019 were 11318 in Odisha, which includes 2818 women who were assaulted with the purpose to disrobe.
According to the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Odisha stands the eighth position in the country with 1383 rape cases in which all the victims were above 18 years. Around 1505 child rape cases were registered in 2019, leading Odisha to the seventh position in India. Even cyber crimes have also increased with a massive number in Odisha. The number of such crimes rose from 843 in 2018 to 1485 in 2019, growing nearly 76 percent.
But recently, Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani informed that the utilization of ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ by Odisha during the period was one of the lowest in the country. She discussed all the facts of the utilization of this fun in the Lok Sabha session in Parliament.
‘Nirbhaya Fund’ was announced by the Government of India in the 2013 union budget. It will support the government and NGOs’ support initiatives towards women’s safety and security in India.
Smriti Irani said that out of 60.78 crores, which were released by the Central Government under this fund in 2020, only 15.15 crore was used by the Odisha government, which is even less than 25 percent. As compared to Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telengana, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, the percent of the utilization of the fund is a little higher than from Odisha. Even she also stated that under the universalization of the women helpline scheme, the Odisha government utilized 140.64 Lakh out of the 191.76 Lakh issued from the fund.
The crucial schemes under which the states have been designated money involve emergency response support system, central victim compensation fund, cybercrime prevention against women and children, one-stop centre scheme, Mahila police volunteers, and universalization of women helpline schemes.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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