The clock of crime against women in Odisha has reported two gang rapes in a span of 24 hours. The scene of the crime in both places have been the rural Mayurbhanj - the rape capital of Odisha. Moreover, in one such offence against the human body, a shade of Delhi's Nirbhaya was recreated.
As per police reports, two cases of gangrapes registered in the Mayurbhanj district. The age group of women affected ranged from a 50-yr old to a teenager. While the gangrape of a 50-yr woman (where a shade of Nirbhaya brutality repeated) took place in an area adjacent to Jharkhand, the teenager victim belongs to a place neighbouring Balasore district. The geographical spread shows the extent of women crime in Mayurbhanj.
Moreover, police reports show in the second gang-rape case involving a teenage girl, the accused and victim belong to the same village and they have chased the girl to commit the crime.
Mayurbhanj - The Rape Capital Of Odisha
For the last over a decade, the northern tribal district of the State had maintained the dubious distinction of being the State's rape capital. On average, the district reported at least 3 rapes every 5 days.
As per the data tabled by Minister of State (Home) Dibyashankar Mishra, the district has recorded 145 rape cases during the first six months of 2021 as against 240 cases, including 102 child rapes registered under POCSO, in the full year of 2020.
The district has earned a sort of notoriety in crime against women. The police have been registering cases like the circulation of sexual assaults or disrobing MMS clips in the district. Reports show local organised gangs behind the spurt in crime against women in the district, as investigations had nailed their role in the circulation of obscene videos.
With the rape crime clock keeps ticking in the district, an analysis of the data also shows Mayurbhanj had a poor conviction rate of around 11 per cent.
The bottom line here it seems is the lethal combo of active involvement of local organised gangs in the crime and poor conviction rate have emboldened the perpetrators in the district.
Rape Scenario In Odisha
As per the data tabled in Odisha Assembly, the State had recorded a high of 1563 rapes in the first 6-months of 2021 as against 1212 in the corresponding period in 2020. This shows a sharp spike in rape cases in the State in 2021.
However, the total rape cases reported in the State in the pandemic year of 2020 had been 2,984, including 1629 child rapes under POCSO Act.
Moreover, as per the recently released NCRB report, in gang rapes, Odisha occupies the 5th rank among 28 states in the country. The number of gang rape victims in the State zoomed to 20 in 2020 from 3 in 2019. Moreover, it is the only state to mark a deterioration.