Since the anti-Muslim Narendra Modi took power in India, the violence against women including rape and abduction has increased by 10%. In 2014, 337,922 such incidents were reported to police – but some women’s rights group claim that the figures are much higher as most of such crimes including the domestic violence against female members of family including burning-alive of daughter-in-laws are hardly reported.
Now, graphic mobile phone clips of gang rapes are being sold in shops in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, as a spate of rapes in one of the country’s most violent states has sparked anger and calls for the chief minister to step down.
“We are aware. We are taking necessary action. But it is difficult, as the sales are happening below the counter,” said Ajay Sharma, a deputy inspector general of police in the city of Agra (here).
Last week, a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were dragged from their vehicle at gunpoint on a major highway and gang-raped for hours in nearby fields. Local media reported that initially the police did not respond to a call for help.
The daily Indian Express reported that this week another woman was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh, and said the incident had been recorded on a mobile phone.
Increasingly, perpetrators are recording their crimes on mobile phones to use as a blackmailing tool and to dissuade victims from going to the police, the Times of India said.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who had ridiculed female reporters over questioning the rise in gang-rapes in the past, has come under fire with #LawlessUP trending on Twitter this week.
India, a country famous for 4,000-year-old Hindu caste system, has now become home to world’s top rape society.
In India with a population of 1.1 billion, a female is rapped every 20-minute, which is still better than the United States with a population of 305 million where a female is sexually or physically abused every 15 seconds.