Odisha witnessed 10,219 rape cases during the period between 2019 and 2022 (April). Similarly, 5584 minor girls were victims of sexual assault during the time. Minister of State (Home) Tusharkanti Behera made the shocking revelation while replying to a query tabled by senior Congress leader Santosh Singh Saluja in Odisha Assembly on Monday.
According to the data released by Behera, the State witnessed 2950 rape cases in 2019 followed by 2984 in 2020 before recording a steep rise in 2021 with 3327 cases. This year, Odisha has registered 868 rape cases so far.
Likewise, the skyrocketing figures of rape cases against minor girls are even more concerning. According to the official figures, as many as 5,584 minor girls were victims of rapes during the aforementioned period.
A total of 1635 girls were subjected to sexual assault in 2019 while 1664 such rape cases were reported in the year that followed. Similarly, 1871 and 432 rape cases were reported against minor girls in 2021 and 2022.