Shrabanti Maity


This paper addresses the performance of Indian states in controlling sexual assault or rape, on the basis of the data published by National Crime Record Bureau in India, the rape or sexual assault control performances of 28 major Indian states. The relative efficiencies of the states are evaluated by applying stochastic frontier analysis on a two decadal time period, namely, 2001 and 2011. Among the Indian states, although Kerala is recognised as the region where women are very progressive; unfortunately, our findings suggest that the performance of the state in controlling sexual assault is not impressive. On the contrary, Gujarat seems to be the most efficient state in controlling rape. The results also show that all states with better rape control instruments do not have efficient control over sexual assault. The study concludes that investment only to improve law and order would not result in better control of sexual assault. Efficient management of the investments on the crime-control instruments and along with that improvement in the social indicators, viz., female education, favourable sex ratio, etc., are required for efficient control of sexual assault.

Author Biography

Shrabanti Maity is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Assam University (A Central University) and basically teaches Women Studies, Statistical Methodology, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics and Frontier Production Function at the postgraduate level and Research Methodology in the pre-PhD course work level. Already, 22 papers are published in different international and national reputed journals. She has supervised four PhDs and three MPhil dissertations. She has also authored the book entitled, A Study of Measurement of Efficiency.