Terrorism has created extreme fear in the hearts of every common man. Terrorist attacks are deplorable and reprehensible that touches the core of a society and negates the most basic human rights. However, it is shocking to note that there lays a very huge difference between terror attacks that are condemned and deplored globally and terror acts that are condoned or acceptable by the society.
“Terrorism” originated in 1795 from French terrorisme, from Latin terror. Since 2000 there has been over a five-fold increase in the number of deaths from terrorism, rising from 3,361 in 2000 to 17,958 in 2013 as per Global Terrorism Index. 102 of 162 countries covered in the aforesaid study experienced no deaths from terrorism in 2013, while 60 countries recorded one or more deaths from terrorism.
- 437,000 people were killed by homicides in 2012, this being 40 times greater than terrorist deaths.
Women murdered by their past or present male partner make up the vast majority of [female] victims.
ROAD ACCIDENT DEATHS
- Each day, nearly 3,500 people die on the roads worldwide.
India reports as many as 1.34 lakh fatalities in road accidents every year, a vast 70 per cent of them being due to drunken driving.
A total of 4, 00,517 accidental deaths were reported in India during 2013 as per NCRB.
- On an average, more than 100,000 persons committed suicides every year in the country during the decadal periods (2003 – 2013) as reported by NCRB.
DRUG ABUSE DEATHS
- Drug abuse kills about 200,000 people worldwide each year, according to a new United Nations (UN) report.
- A total of 14,231 people died in police and judicial custody in India from 2001 to 2010 (NHRC).
DEATHS DUE TO USE OF TOBACCO
- There are approximately 275 million tobacco users in India.
Tobacco use accounts for nearly half of all cancers among males and a quarter of all cancers among females.
Tobacco-related cancers in India caused 1.2 lakh deaths in 2010
It is estimated that there will be 1.5 million tobacco-related deaths annually by 2020.
The Atlas pegs India’s direct healthcare costs due to tobacco at $1,195 million.
The Planning Commission says that revenue collected from tobacco products annually in India is $1.62 billion
- According to statistics from the United Nations, one in five cases of honor killing internationally every year come from India. Of the 5000 cases reported internationally, 1000 are from India. Non-governmental organizations put the number at four times this figure. They claim it is around 20,000 cases globally every year.
- Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds which is about 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organization said.
- Nearly 62.5million people in India drink alcohol with the per capita consumption being around four liters per adult per year. For every six men, one woman drinks alcohol in India.
- There are about 14 million people in India who would be described as dependent on alcohol and in need of help.
- More than a fifth of alcohol produced in the world is consumed by Indians.
- Most states derive 15-20% of their revenue from taxation on alcohol, With the exception of Gujarat, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur, where liquor is officially prohibited.
- During the year 2006-2007, the combined earnings of states from alcohol were estimated at nearly Rs 30, 000 Crore accounting for over 11.5 per cent of the tax revenues.
- Alcohol misuse has been implicated in over 20% of traumatic brain injuries and 60% of all injuries reporting to emergency rooms.
- Alcohol consumption in India will cross 19,000 million liters by 2015.
- India’s largest drinks company posted a 71% increase in net profit to Rs 80.6 Crore in the December-ended quarter.
- According to a Times of India report, Tamil Nadu consumed liquor worth Rs 300 crores in four days to usher in the New Year.
ACID ATTACK DEATHS
- Acid attacks are reported in many parts of the world. From January 2002 to October 2010, 153 cases of acid assault were reported in Indian print media.
- Young women are murdered or driven to suicide by continuous harassment and torture by husbands and in-laws in an effort to extort an increased dowry.
NCRB indicates more than 8,000 women died due to dowry-related reasons last year.
- A crime against a woman is committed every three minutes,
- A woman is raped every 29 minutes,
- A dowry death occurs every 77 minutes,
- Each year, 19 million to 20 million women risk their lives to undergo unsafe abortions, conducted in unsanitary conditions by unqualified practitioners or practitioners who resort to traditional but rudimentary means
- An estimated 44 million abortions are performed globally each year.
- In 1998 Milner reported that in one Bombay clinic, of 8,000 abortions, 7,999 were performed on female fetuses.
- There were 620,472 reported abortions in 2012; experts say the true number of abortions performed in the country could be as high as 7 million, with two-thirds of them taking place outside authorized health facilities.
- A woman in India dies every two hours because an abortion goes wrong.
- While terror acts that kill around 20,000 people are globally condemned and regarded as most barbaric, inhuman and cowardly acts, the society condones the deaths of several hundred thousand annually.
There is no remorse, sadness or abhorrence for the deaths of 7 million fetuses that are aborted each year. Tobacco and Alcohol have created mayhem in the society leading to almost 70% accidental deaths, broken families and deaths by domestic violence but it flourishes as its sales results in a huge profit for the States. The society still participates in the dowry system knowing well that as many as 8000 brides are killed for dowry each year.
Shouldn’t the society condemn these deaths by prohibiting and abstaining from above terror acts.
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Category: MARITAL AWARENESS
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I’m Fayaz Pasha from Bangalore, the Silicon Valley and Garden City of India. I’m a Certified Life Coach and an NLP Practitioner. I love reading, writing and convey my thoughts through Poetry. I would like to make my humble contribution to the Society through this blog towards detoxification of social evils particularly the dowry system.