In what seems like a never-ending story in Uttar Pradesh, yet another incident of stalking and murder has come to notice. On Monday night, two sisters, were shot dead in Etawah in Uttar Pradesh by a man who was stalking the elder sister (17), for several months. Despite being booked by the police in an FIR, he was released on bail. The younger girl, 13, was shot since she was a prime witness to her sister’s murder.

Rise in Crime

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a written answer to the legislative assembly last month, mentioned that crimes against women had risen in the past one year. The CM holds the Home portfolio as well in the state.

Between April 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018, there has been a 25% increase in rapes, 40% rise in incidents of outraging the modesty, 35% jump in cases of kidnappings of women, and a 50% increase in cases of eve teasing.

Based on this answer given on March 13, the Economic Times, reported that between April 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018, there has been a 25% increase in rapes, 40% rise in incidents of outraging the modesty, 35% jump in cases of kidnappings of women, and a 50% increase in cases of eve teasing. This increase has been from the corresponding period in 2016-17.

According to Adityanath, the state is now sending a proposal to Centre to amend the law and make rape of minors punishable with a death penalty.

Three states namely, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have already passed a bill which allows death penalty for those found guilty of raping a girl under 12 years.

In the Etawah case, Jitendra Kumar, the brother of the deceased, told ET on phone that the family had lodged a complaint against a person named Jeetu some months back for harassing and stalking his sister, Sandhya (17).

Sandhya, along with her sister Shalu, had gone out in the fields to defecate on the night of August 16. It was at that time when Jeetu and his three friends confronted them.
AK Tripathi, Etawah SSP, told ET, “Jeetu had an affair with Sandhya earlier which the girl now wanted to end but he was insistent.”

The Etawah SSP said that one of these men held Shalu while Sandhya was shot dead by Jeetu with a pistol. This was after Sandhya refused to continue the affair with him. Shalu too was shot dead since she was a witness to the crime. All four men were arrested within 24 hours.

Change in POCSO act

Recently, union minister for Women and Child welfare, Maneka Gandhi too demanded death penalty for the rapists of Kathua case. She also said that her Ministry will change POCSO act to bring death penalty for rapists of minors.

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Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv

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