Stalking consumes Ankita Singh; NCRB data bares poor law & order in Jharkhand

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, August 29: Six days after the alleged stalker Shahrukh poured petrol on class 12 girl Ankita Singh in Dumka and set her on fire, she died of her burn injuries on Monday, setting off a national fury, calling for justice.

The cases of stalking in the country is steadily increasing, as the culprits remain undeterred by the actions of the investigative agencies.

Locals in Dumka have claimed the Ankita Singh incident as a case of ‘Love Jihad’, and the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including the Godda Lok Sabha MP Nishikant Dubey is spearheading the campaign against the Hemant Soren-led UPA government in Jharkhand over the alleged worsening law and order situation.

The National Crime Research Bureau (NCRB) states that the stalking cases in the country are on the rise.

There were 8512 cases of stalking in the country in 2020, which rose to 9285 in 2021, the NCRB report for 2021 stated.

The report also stated that the cases of voyeurism has also sharply gone up from 1260 to 1513 in the country from 2020 to 2021 respectively.

The BJP campaign against Jharkhand government over law and order situation incidentally gets the support of the NCRB data. Jharkhand, according to the NCRB data, is among the worst state as far as charge-sheeting is concerned.

Filing charge-sheet is an indicator to show the efficacy of the law and order enforcement agencies to speedily work against the crime cases and also to instill deterrence among the criminals. Jharkhand just has the record of 67 per cent in filing charge-sheets, while states such as Andhra Pradesh files charge-sheets in 92 per cent of the crime cases, according to the latest NCRB data.

Gujarat and Kerala have the records of filing charge-sheets in 95 per cent and 91 per cent of the cases respectively. Both the states are known to have far higher sense of security for women in the country.

While Jharkhand had reported 53 cases of stalking in 2021, the neighbouring Bihar had just seven such incidents last year, according to the NCRB data.

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