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UK ministers resented over low rape conviction rates

 LONDON:UK government ministers have said they feel “deeply ashamed” of low rape conviction rates in England and Wales, in the wake of a report on the crime, presented to the parliament by the Ministry of Justice,  which shows thousands of victims being denied justice because of failings by police and prosecutors.

Speaking to the BBC on Friday, Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland apologized to victims, blaming the budget cuts for the low record of convictions in the recent years.

Labor party said the government had “failed victims of rape on every front” and its recommendations were not satisfying enough.



 Buckland was also at pains to admit that there was “a failure to deal with complaints made by many thousands of victims” at all stages of the criminal justice process.

Cases of rape and attempted rape in Scotland rose by almost 50 percent in March compared to the same month last year, official data shows.

In a foreword to the review, Buckland, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Attorney General Michael Ellis, said, “The vast majority of victims do not see the crime against them charged and one in two victims withdraw from rape investigations.”They added they are “deeply ashamed” of the trends in which "victims of rape are being failed”.

Crime and Policing Minister Kit Malthouse depicted the plummeting rape convictions as “obviously a shocker” and “a source of deep regret and shame” as he apologized for the significant drop in prosecutions.

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