Opposition Congress on Saturday attacked the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh Assembly over the “rise” in cases of crime against women in the state.
Initiating a discussion on the situation arising out of alleged increase in incidents of atrocities against women in the state, Congress chief and MLA Bhupesh Baghel said that despite so many agencies functioning in the state, atrocities against women have increased and the state government has failed not only to control them but also to send the accused behind bars.
He also alleged that crime against women, particularly in the tribal-dominated Bastar region, has gone up.
Citing cases of murder of tribal girls Meena Khalkho (2011) and Madkam Hidme (June this year) in alleged fake Maoist encounters and cases rape of women in Bastar, the Congress leader said no action has been taken against the culprits involved in these incidents.
“Moreover, even women public representatives were being targeted in the state,” he said.
Congress MLA Devti Karma from Dantewada is being threatened as she has taken up the case of murder of two “innocent” tribal youths by police after branding them as Naxals, he said.
Questioning why no action was being taken against incumbent the Bastar Range Inspector General of Police, Baghel said, “In spite of an inquiry going on against him (Bastar IG) in Tadmetla house burning case (2011), he has been posted as a senior officer in Bastar.”
Baghel also asked whether there is any rule of law in Chhattisgarh. “Despite complaints, no action is being taken against errant police personnel.”
Refuting the charges, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikara said the state police force has acted swiftly in cases of women exploitation and has been continuously trying to curb the crimes.
Stating that development was the key to fight left wing extremism in Bastar, the home minister said his government had created new districts under Bastar division to ensure smooth functioning of the administration and enhance the pace of development works.
“Bastar was fast moving towards peace, the way Sarguja was made peaceful. Several steps have been taken towards upliftment and empowerment of women in rural areas,” he added.