Addressing a gathering of women journalists on Mon The women and child development minister stated India “ranked among the lowest four countries in the world” in terms of rape cases.
“I went to Sweden two years ago when because of Nirbhaya incident, cases were being reported every day. Someone said to me that no one wanted to travel to India.
“I actually took a look at a table. In the world, we are among the lowest four countries in the area of rape. Sweden is number one. I said in your country it is not reported in the newspapers. Whereas we have zero tolerance (towards rape) and our newspapers will write about it every day,” she said.
Maneka’s comments on Monday endured as it is believed that in India, sexually violated women tend not to emerge to report crimes out of fear of even more exploitation and the stigma whereas in nations like Sweden there is higher reporting of these kinds of crimes and also rape laws are very strict.