What is the Truth in Narendra Modi ‘s claim that Women are safest in Gujarat



He saysin his interveiw to Rajat Sharma in aap ki adaalat while replying on a quetion on womens safety s- ‘ Aap gujarat aaiye navratri main, hamari betiyan gehnon se laddi raat ko 1-2 baje scooty pe jaa rahi hain ‘ Is this measurement of womens safety

Lets see  statistics which reflect the state of women in Gujarat.

1) Gujarat Sex Ratio

In Gujarat’s population the number of women has gone down. In 2001 there were 921 women against 1000 men. In 2011, three more were lost per a thousand, 918 were counted in the census. This is the ten year period during which nine other States recorded increase in the number of women, from 45 in Delhi to 4 in Rajastan. Gujarat kept losing.

In Gujarat the sex ratio in the age group of 0 to 6 years in 2001, was 886 girls as against 1000 boys. In 2011 it was 883 girls as against 1000 boys. Difference of only 3 gained over ten years! It was only in late 2011 that the news of the government having closed 101 sonography clinics was heard; thereafter a few were reported closed in 2012. In 2013, so far, no penal action under PCPNDT Act is reported. That is the Governance in Gujarat! Does the Government care?

State with Highest Female Sex Ratio Kerala with 1058 females for every 1000 males.

State with Lowest Female Sex Ratio is Haryana with 861 females for every 1000 males.

2) Crime Against Women

As per the Crime against women in India Report 2012. Gujarat is not the worst state in terms of incidence of crimes against Women. But it’s not the best in providing safety to women. To understand this, if Delhi has 70-80 crimes against women for every 1 Lakh women population; Gujarat has 70-80. In terms of crimes against Women Gujarat comes somewhere in the middle of the List.

A cursory glance at the data regarding conviction rates released by the National Crime Records Bureau for 2012 narrates a frightening story about how crime against women goes largely unpunished in Gujarat.

  1. Dowry Deaths – Conviction Rate is 0.0Lowest in the country. National Average is 31.9.
  2. Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty – Conviction rate is 1.6!Lowest in the country. National Average is 23.5.
  3. Rape – Conviction Rate is 15.3. Ranks 20th in 28 states. National Average is 23.1
  4. Cruelty by Husband or his relatives – Conviction rate is 3.5. Ranks 22nd in 25 states. Data Missing for 3 states. National Average is 14.8.
  5. Kidnapping & Abduction of Women – Conviction Rate is 6.5. Ranks 20th in 28 states. National Average is 20.4.
  6. Insult to the modesty of Woman – Conviction rate is 20.0. Ranks 17th in 23 states. Data Missing for 5 states. National Average is 36.9.

For every type crime against women, Gujarat’s conviction rate is way below the already low national conviction rate. Gujarat even though considered generally safe for women has a fair share of crime against women.

  1. Cruelty by Husband or his relatives – 6658 cases – Ranks 6th in 28 states.
  2. Kidnapping & Abduction of Women – 1527 cases  – Ranks 8th in 28 states.
  3. Insult to the modesty of Woman – 93 cases –  Ranks 13th in 28 states
  4. Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty –745 cases – Ranks 14th in 28 states.
  5. Dowry Deaths – 21 cases – Ranks 20th in 28 states.
  6. Rape – 473 cases – Ranks 19th in 28 states.

So while crime is on the rise every year, the conviction rate remains alarmingly low.



Modi  subjects a young woman to extraordinary, invasive and meticulous surveillance of a kind that should make partisans for liberty shudder. The Gujarat government seems to take an unusual interest in this case;  the surveillance seems to have been done at someone’s behest. Modi has been silent why ?

First, there is the bizarre confusion of the personal and the political, as if the state was someone’s personal fiefdom.  And in its defence it produced a letter written by the father saying that the girl in question needed security of some sort, and condemned the use of the issue by vested interests. In a way, this confirmed the revelations rather than contested them. Even assuming the sincerity of the letter, the issue of law and principles is not settled. The nature of the surveillance, the agencies conducting it and the nature of the information being sought seem so wildly disproportionate to the purported request. And the surrounding conversation makes the issue murky, to say the least.



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