SRINAGAR Over 3,000 rape cases were reported in Jammu and Kashmir from 2009 to 2018, according to data compiled by the Jammu and Kashmir police.
The data reveals that on an average 300 rape incidents were witnessed each year in the state, with a considerable rise in such incidents between 2009 to 2013.
As per a police report, a copy of which is with the Kashmir Observer, the police registered 237 rape incidents in 2009. The number of such incidents rose to 245 in 2010. The incidents jumped to 277 in 2011 while the number further increased to 303 in 2012 and it rose to 378 in 2013.
However, the number of rape incidents saw a slight decrease to 354 in 2014 while it declined to 315 incidents in 2015 and to 275 in 2016.
The rape cases saw an increase again in 2017 when 317 cases were registered by the police and it again rose to 354 in 2018.
As per figures, of the 354 rape cases registered in 2018, 55 were registered in Jammu followed by 29 incidents in Rajouri, 27 in Udhampur, 22 in Reasi, 20 in Poonch, 16 in Ramban, 14 in Kathua, 12 in Doda, nine in Kishtiwar and seven in Samba.
In Kashmir division, 21 rape cases were registered in Budgam district followed by 20 rape incidents in Anantnag district, 18 in Srinagar, 17 in Kupwara, 15 in Kulgam, 11 in Sopore, 10 in Baramulla, seven each in Bandipora and Ganderbal, five each in Awantipora and Leh, three each in Pulwama and Shopian, while one rape case was registered by police in Handwara.