Maharashtra government claims sexual harassment has reduced: It's not really true

The Government of Maharashtra recently announced there has been a drop in the number of sexual harassment cases in the state. Yes, now there are only 12,000-odd cases of sexual harassment in the state.

According to The Times of India, the state home department had submitted the data in response to a PIL that was filed in the High Court to find out what measures the government had taken to increase women's safety. The report suggests that intensive patrolling, special women-only squads and initiatives like 'Police Didi' where school children are taught about 'inappropriate touch and talk' has caused the significant drop.

Here's a look at Maharashtra's crimes against women statistics since 2012:

Crimes against women have been on a consistent increase, except verbal harassment cases which seem to have decreased. However, data collected from NCRB for 2014 and 2015 breaks down voyeurism and stalking and sexual harassment cases.

According to a DNA report, till last year, around 5000 cases were piled up at the Maharashtra State Women Commission. According to The Indian Express, Maharashtra's crime numbers in 2015 put it in third place for having the highest number of crimes against women in the country. With 31,126 cases reported in 2015, the state trails Uttar Pradesh closely.

Take a look at the number of cases disposed during 2014 and 2015. Pendency of cases is still a big issue.

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Updated Date: Mar 15, 2017 15:56:49 IST

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