According to a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika, nearly 31,000 cases of crime against women were lodged in the state in 2012, which is more than the figure registered the year before (29,133). The state has finished well ahead of several states like Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Bihar, which are known for their poor records of women's safety.
As expected, the Opposition has slammed the Trinamool Congress government over the feat. State Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharye mocked the state government for winning the 'crown of glory'. The CPI(M) also criticised the government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
The chief minister has often been accused of remaining indifferent whenever there is any shocking instance of crime against women, whether it is the gangrape of an urban woman going to a discotheque in Kolkata or a brutal gangrape and murder of a college student in the suburbs.