Violence against women; Tamil Nadu betters Kerala

Rape incidents are six times lower, assaults eight times lower and domestic violence three times lowers in TN compared to Kerala, this is striking contrast in terms of violence against women.

Violent crimes like rape and assault, in particular, are at high levels in Kerala, almost in the same league as north Indian states with traditionally high levels. Alcoholism is being directly linked with violence against women.

Kerala’s is ahead of Tamilnadu in aspects like highest women’s literacy (92%), a healthy sex ratio at birth (966), and India’s lowest maternal mortality rate of 167. And yet, rape incidents are six times lower, assaults eight times lower and domestic violence three times lower in TN compared to Kerala.

Overall, crimes against women zoomed by 210% in Kerala, compared to 38% in Tamil Nadu, and 299% for India. These high levels of violence reported in Kerala could be the result of better reporting. Still, high degree of violence against women prevails in Kerala is worrisome development.

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