In 2008, Andhra Pradesh had one of the country’s highest rates of crimes against women. The Warangal incident happened in 2008.
In 2015, Andhra Pradesh emerged as the state with the highest number of acid attacks in South India.
That means the encounters of the cry for stricter punishment was not a deterrent in the cases of violence against women.
Post Nirbhaya, many stricter laws were made and the death penalty was mandated in the case of rape with minors. But from 2012 to 2019, we have only seen an increase in violence against women and children with even more brutality. The calls for the death penalty have only lead to the accused killing the rape victims to destroy evidence.
In most cases of rape survivors, police don’t even register the case, but when public outcry increases after the news of rape and brutality, to cover its negligence, police resort to encounter or custodial killing.
National Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of the matter and has ordered an inquiry into the encounters.