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“Let us begin with the top national news: Marking a steady increase since 2014, the share of daily wagers among those who die by suicide in the country has crossed the quarter mark for the first time, according to the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) — one in four of the recorded 1,64,033 suicide victims during 2021 was a daily wage earner.
The report — “Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India” — shows that daily wage earners remained the largest profession-wise group among suicide victims in 2021, accounting for 42,004 suicides (25.6 per cent). In 2020, too, daily wage earners accounted for the highest share, with 37,666 (24.6 per cent) of the 1,53,052 recorded suicides in the country.
“The latest report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that 1,49,404 cases of crime against children were registered in 2021 of which 53,874 — 36.05 per cent — were under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
There were 47,221 POCSO cases out of 1,28,531 cases of crime against children in 2020 (36.73 per cent) and 47,335 of 1,48,185 such cases in 2019 (31.94 per cent). NCRB data on cases registered under POCSO show a steady increase in the rate (incidents per 1 lakh children): 12.1 in 2021 (53,276 girls, 1,083 boys); 10.6 in both 2020 and 2019. Sikkim has the highest rate of sexual offences against children with 48.6 followed by Kerala (28.1), Meghalaya (27.8), Haryana (24.7) and Mizoram (24.6).
“At 23, Gujarat has reported the highest number of custodial deaths among all states and Union territories across India for the second consecutive year, as per the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report of 2021.
The state recorded a 53 per cent increase in custodial deaths in a year, with NCRB 2020 data recording 15 such cases.
Across India, a total of 88 custodial deaths were reported in 2021, as compared to 76 in 2020. Gujarat is followed by Maharashtra, which accounted for 21 custodial deaths in 2021. Meanwhile, crime against women rose by 15.3 per cent in 2021 from the previous year, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), with 4,28,278 cases registered last year following 3,71,503 cases in 2020.
“In other news: In his first statement on the floods in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was “saddened” to see the devastation and “hoped for an early restoration of normalcy”.
The Indian Express has learnt that discussions are underway at the highest levels on the possibility of extending humanitarian assistance to Pakistan. While no decision has been taken yet, top officials in South Block are learnt to be discussing the options on the table. If cleared, it will be the first time since the BJP government came to power in 2014 that India will be extending aid to Pakistan on account of a natural disaster.
“While Congress has not seen a contest for the post of party president in the last two decades, all indications are that there could be one this time. Sources said Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor is considering throwing his hat in the ring as he believes that it is time to put forward a fresh set of ideas and an alternate vision for the party, which is facing its worst electoral and organisational crisis ever.
Sources said Tharoor — a signatory to the letter that 23 senior leaders had written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 seeking changes in the party’s functioning — has discussed the idea with some of his colleagues and well-wishers, but is yet to take a final call.”
“In some tragic news: Economist Abhijit Sen, a former Planning Commission member and one of the country’s foremost experts on rural economy, died on Monday night. He was 72.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Abhijit Sen taught economics at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University and held several important government positions including the chair of the Commission of Agricultural Cost and Prices.
He was a member of the Planning Commission from 2004 to 2014, when Manmohan Singh was the prime minister.”
“Few outside of India had heard of Gautam Adani just a few years ago. But the Indian businessman, a college dropout who first tried his luck as a diamond trader before turning to coal, this week became the world’s third-richest person.
It’s the first time an Asian person has broken into the top three of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index — fellow citizen Mukesh Ambani and China’s Jack Ma never made it that far. With a $137.4 billion fortune, Adani has overtaken France’s Bernard Arnault and now trails just Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos of the US in the ranking. Adani, 60, has spent the past few years expanding his coal-to-ports conglomerate, venturing into everything from data centres to cement, media and alumina.”
“Lastly, the 19-year-old Dumka woman who died on Sunday, six days after she was set on fire by a stalker who has been arrested since was cremated on Monday even as Section 144 was in force in the district as a precautionary measure following protests.
The National Commission for Women has also sought an action taken report from the police within seven days.
Dumka Deputy Commissioner handed over a cheque for Rs 9 lakh to the victim’s family, which is in addition to the Rs 1 lakh already given by the state government. Governor Ramesh Bais also announced Rs 2 lakh to the family from his discretionary grant.”
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