At least 17 women face sexual assault every month in Tripura

Agartala, Mar 3 (UNI) Average 17 women have been sexually assaulted every month in Tripura, the statistics revealed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in the ongoing session of assembly. However, he claimed that the situation was improved in last year compared to preceding years, as monthly average was 18 women were sexually harassed in 2015 while the figure was 21 in 2014. Mr Sarkar pointed out in 2016 number cases of sexual assault on women was 207, in 2015 and 2014 it was 213 and 246 cases respectively and added that police alone cannot stopped the menace unless society volunteers to eradicate it. He said atrocities on women is a social evil and it has to be countered by the stakeholders of the society as whole and the institution like family, clubs, NGOs and political parities' in general. However, opposition Congress and Trinamool criticized ruling CPI(M) over growing incidences of crime on women and said Chief Minister was shifting the responsibility of the his failure. "This type of crime happened only when the criminals get shelter from the party in power and police never act upon the complaints immediately unless there was instruction from the party leaders. Moreover, in most of the cases the accused this way or other have been link with CPI(M), which established that the law doesn't work if the criminal is powerful," alleged Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath. Under Tripura Victim Compensation Scheme 2012 there is provision to pay Rs 50000 to the victim but the state government is not giving the compensation to all the victims, Mr Nath said adding that in last three years, as many as 661 women were assaulted only 50 victims got the compensation. UNI BB BM
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