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Meghalaya: Opposition attacks govt for rise in crimes on women

Meghalaya’s opposition leader Donkupar Roy lashed out at the ruling Congress-led government over the increasing rate of crime against women and children in the state. Holding the government accountable for its reluctant attitude, which in turn is failing to make women and children safe in the state, Dr. Roy said that the crime rate in Meghalaya per capita is in fact, more than that of Uttar Pradesh.

“We have not promised the citizens of the state that cases of rape will rise,” he told the assembly as he spoke during the Budget Session of the Assembly.

He also threw light on the data provided by the police department in 2001 which showed that there were 26 cases of rape in 2001 while in 2013 the number rose to a horrifying figure of 183 and in 2016 there were 91 reported cases of rape. He also added that there were a lot of a lot of reasons for the reason of this crime in the state.

Lashing out at the government on its failure to provide employment to the youth, Dr. Roy informed the House that the rate of unemployment is growing even in the rural areas.

“It is more than ten years. We yet can’t come up with a state youth policy what is required is determination and sincerity to do so. The government must formulate the state youth policy before the government goes to the elections in 2018 at the earliest,” he said, adding that the youths are being used only while campaigning during the elections.

 

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