Will Amitabh do anything for money?—Dviteeya

“UP mein hain dum, kyonki jurm yahan hai kum,” is the punchline of Amitabh Bachchan‘s commercials for Mulayam and Amar Singh‘s Uttar Pradesh. Big B’s (or some smart copywriter’s) contention is that the UPA government’s bid to impose President’s Rule on grounds of deteriorating law and order, is flawed because there are other States with a worse L&O and crime record than UP’s.

Is that true? Girish Nikam crunches some numbers at the National Crime Records Bureau and finds:

# highest incidence of violent crimes among all States in the country, i.e 25,352 (12.5 per cent) out of 2,02,640 cases, reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest incidence of murder in the country , 5,711 (17.5 per cent) out of 32,719 cases, reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest incidence of attempt to commit murder in the country 5,637 (20.1 per cent) out of 28,031 reported from Uttar Pradesh

# most incidents of kidnapping and abduction in the country accounting for 2,955 (12.9 per cent) out of 22,832 cases have been reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest incidence of dowry deaths in the country accounting for 23.04 percent 1,564 (23.04 per cent) out of 6,787 reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest number of murders using fire arms in the country, 2,144 (31.3 per cent) out of 5,643 cases reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest percentage of kidnapping and abduction of children, 749 (21.3 per cent) out of 3,518 cases, reported from Uttar Pradesh

# 50 per cent of the scheduled castes murdered (323 out of 669) in the country are reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest number of cases of kidnapping and abduction of scheduled castes 38.3 percent( 99 out of 258 cases) reported from Uttar Pradesh

# third highest incidence of robbery accounting to 11.6 per cent ( 2049 out of 17,673) has been reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest incidence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder accounting for 1,520 cases reported from Uttar Pradesh

# highest percentage and number of cases of sexual harassment (eve teasing) i.e. 28.9 per cent (2,881 out of 9,984 cases) have been reported from Uttar Pradesh.

The numbers do not prove that UP is a fit case for President’s Rule but they go some way in establishing the hollowness of celebrity endorsements of what is pretty serious stuff. So, should Bachchan have been aware of the reality before receiving his cheque? You bet.

Read the full story here: Mr Bachchan, is the crime in UP ‘kum’?

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