With a failure to get ‘political mileage’ in the poll bound Uttar Pradesh, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has played many times with the themes of communalism to instigate disharmony. During a recent rally for the Phase-I Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections in Agra, the ex-MPCM Uma Bharti attacked Uttar Pradesh government for law and order situation in the state. In her address, Uma Bharti said, “The rapists should be hung upside down and beaten till their skins comes off, salt and chilly should be rubbed on their wounds. That is what I had got done when I was CM.”
Here’s the difference between her words and reality:
- In 2003, when Uma Bharti became the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, Madhya Pradesh reported (2,738) the highest number of rapes in India.
- In crimes against women, Madhya Pradesh had come second to Andhra Pradesh, reported 14,547 cases or 10.3% of the total cases.
- In 2004, Bharti was CM for eight months, MP again reported the highest number of rapes (2,875) in the country.
- The state stood third when it came to the crime rate against women at 23.5%.
- In 2005, when Bharti was not the CM, the state reported the highest number of rape cases (2,921) for the third consecutive year.
- In cases of molestation, the state reported the highest number (6,848). It also had the highest rate of such crimes – number of crimes weighed by population – of 10.8 as compared to the national average of 3.1.
BJP leaders are trying to fight UP elections on communal planks. If they really want to rule the country’s most populated state, they should compare compete with the development work done by the state government in the past few years.