Safety of city women no concern for its MLAs

Of 1,515 questions Mumbai legislators asked on crime & security in last 3 assembly sessions, only 31 related to women.

A sharp spike in rapes and molestations in the city may be a major concern for public but not for Mumbai legislators, who have other issues to create a din in the legislature.

In the last three assembly sessions, the MLAs asked 1,515 questions related to crime and security in the state. Of these, only 31 were women-related and sought to exert pressure on the government to step up security to make women feel safe.

A recent survey by NGO Praja Foundation showed a 15 per cent rise in rapes and 14 per cent rise in molestations in Mumbai.

As many as 207 rapes were reported during 2011-12, up from 180 the previous year. From 483 molestations during 2010-11, the number went up to 552 during 2011-12.

The survey revealed while the crime rate in the city had more or less stabilised at the current level in the past four years, rapes, molestations, accidents and vehicle thefts were growing consistently.

The 1,515 questions asked by Mumbai legislators were on 641 issues, which means two of every three were repeat. Of the 641 questions, only 193 pertained to Mumbai and 31 to women.

Crime appears to be a prime focus area for most MLAs, but questions asked were not backed by data.

The Praja survey showed a sharp rise in molestaion and rape cases in Mumbai, but this was not a top priority for the legislators.

Even when they raised the issues, the focus seemed to be politics, not safety of women.

Many MLAs said repeat questions indicated laxity on the part of the administration to give a satisfactory response.

Following promises made post-26/11, issues related to police modernisation, coastal security, patrol boats purchase and non-implementation of Pradhan Committee recommendations have come up time and again.

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