Kerala, ruled by a government led by the Communist Party Of India (Marxist), has a pathetic record of crimes against women.
As per statistics, there has been a jump of 228.8 per cent in reported rape cases from 2007-16 — roughly a rape every six hours.
A sharp rise in molestation was also witnessed from 2,604 to 4,035 during the same period. However, cases of kidnapping, sexual harassment, dowry deaths and cruelty by husband have seen little difference.
Few days back, a Kerala film star, traveling in a Mahindra SUV from Thrissur to Kochi, was allegedly molested by a gang of men. The actor said she was driven around for over two hours before she was thrown off the car near Kochi. The attackers allegedly took her photos and videos too.
Several Mollywood actors have already condemned the heinous crime against their woman colleague on social media, calling for an effective investigation and swift justice for the survivor.
Following the incident, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said that Kerala is no longer God’s own country.
“Today Kerala is unsafe for everyone whether it is a woman, a child, an animal or a political worker. A holocaust of violence has overtaken this state and a weak government either encourages this violence by not taking any action or simply looks the other way,” she added.
Dr B Sandhya, additional director general of police (law and order), Kerala, said the statistics don’t necessarily mean an increase in the number of crimes against women. It could be due to awareness on reporting crimes and the faith in the police machinery, she added.
While the prime accused, Sunil Kumar alias Pulsar Sunil, is yet to be nabbed, two of alleged his aides — Pradeep (23), a driver and Saalem (23), a bus conductor from Eddapally, Ernakulam — have been arrested. Kumar, along with two of his other alleged accomplices Manikandan and Vijesh — all of whom are absconding — have filed an anticipatory bail application in the Kerala High Court.