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India's Uttar Pradesh state faces soaring crime rates

India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh has seen a spate of violent crimes against women in the past month.

UTTAR PRADESH: India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh has seen a spate of violent crimes against women in the past month.

This includes two teenage girls who were gang-raped and hanged from a tree.

Critics have blamed the state's young chief minister for failing to ensure law and order in the state.

The two teenage sisters, aged 12 and 14, were allegedly gang-raped and hanged from a tree on May 27.

They were cousins and had gone missing from their home in Uttar Pradesh the day before.

While the incident triggered a national outcry over crime against women, it has also highlighted the deteriorating law and order in India's most populous province.

Worsening the image of a lawless state were the killings of three leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttar Pradesh unit over a period of 10 days.

Critics have blamed the state's chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his Samajwadi Party for failing to curb such violent crimes.

As these incidents continue to rise in the province, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has termed Uttar Pradesh as the 'worst state' in India.

More than 33,000 crimes, including 2,000 rapes and about 5,000 murders, have been reported ever since Mr Yadav took charge in March 2012.

Mr Mayawati, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said: "The present government of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has failed in many aspects, especially in that of law and order. Every kind of crime has increased in the state. Our women are not safe."

In response, Mr Yadav has convened a high-level meeting to review the security in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Yadav said: "As far as giving directions to district officials is concerned, law and order and developmental projects is our priority."

He wants to modernise the state's police force and improve the efficiency of its bureaucracy.

Such announcements might offer him some respite amid the mounting pressure over his leadership.

But he has to act fast to stem the violence in the state or risk losing popular support for his government. 

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