Women not safe under Yogi Adityanath’s rule

News Desk: In Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, has increased significantly in the last few years . A survey report claims that in 2015-16, the rate of violence against girls (Violence Against Girls and Women) in Uttar Pradesh was 23.5 per cent. In 2018-19, this rate of violence against women has increased by 51 percent. In the same period, the incidence of sexual harassment in Uttar Pradesh has increased from 30 per cent to 46 per cent. 

The report was released on the occasion of Anti- Violence Against Women Day. According to sources, the report is based on a survey of 10,100 adolescents in the state.

The study was published recently Population Council ( Population in Council ), an NGO. Why was Uttar Pradesh chosen to have so many states? According to the Population Council, they chose Yogi Adityanath’s state as the center of the study because it is the most populous state in the country. According to sources, the report has been prepared by talking to those whom the survey team spoke to in 2015-16 and again in 2018-19. Attempts have been made to understand the situation by talking to teenage or adolescent girls. The survey was named, The UDAYA (Understanding the lives of adolescents and young adults) study.

According to the survey, the incidence of mental, physical and sexual violence against married girls (aged 15 to 19) has doubled in Uttar Pradesh. In 2015-16, physical abuse of girls was recorded at 23.5 percent. Between 2018-19, it has doubled to 51 percent. The percentage of sexual violence in 2015-16 was 30 percent, it has increased to 48 percent. Emotional violence recorded in 2015-16 increased from 19 percent to 35 percent in 2018-19.

Mobile phone and internet dependent harassment have also been surveyed separately. In this case too, but the rate of harassment has increased in 2018-19 as compared to 2015-16. 3 percent of 15- to 19-year-old girls complained of Internet-based harassment. In 2018-19, it has increased to 4.8 percent.

The Population Council’s survey report also has a positive side. That is, gender discrimination in Uttar Pradesh has decreased compared to the recent past. It has come down from 23 percent to 16 percent. The survey was conducted in Uttar Pradesh as well as Bihar. Because one-fifth of the country’s adolescent population is in these two states. The Population Council plans to include other states in the survey in the near future.