On Crimes Against Women
The 21st Party Congress expresses its deep concern at the continued increase in crimes against women. The number of registered criminal cases crossed 300,000 in 2013. The number of rapes of women was more than 33,000 in a single year, or one rape every 16 minutes. Shockingly, there was a 44 per cent increase over one year in the number of rapes of minors; such rapes constitute more than one third of all registered cases of rape. More than 8000 women are burnt to death for dowry in a year, yet the conviction rate with respect to this crime is dismal. Of the number of people accused of violent crimes against women, 75 per cent walk free.