Srinagar- According to the latest data by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Jammu and Kashmir saw an 11 percent rise in the number of cases of crimes against women reported to the police.
As per the data, 3,069 cases of crime against women were recorded in 2019 while the number rose to 3,414 in 2020 — an 11 percent rise in victims coming forward before the authorities.
According to the report, nine cases of dowry related murders, 247 cases of rape, 349 cases of cruelty against women by their husbands or relatives, 1,639 cases of assault on women, 1,744 cases of assault with the intention of rape, and 10 attempted rapes, were reported to the police in 2020.
The report further stated that of the 247 reported cases of rape, the majority of the victim-survivors — 180 of total — were adults below 30 years of age,
Further in line with findings of researchers and social workers, the report established that the overwhelming majority of offenders were males known — as family or friends — to the female victims of gender based violence. The offender in only one case reported to the police was a complete stranger to the victim.
The majority of cases were registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) or Special Local Laws (SLL) were pertaining to cruelty by husband or his relatives, assault on women “with Intent to Outrage her Modesty”, kidnapping and abduction of women, and rape, etc.
Murder cases saw an around increase of 25% with 149 cases in 2020 as against 119 in 2019.
There were 487 cases of attempt to murder, 35 cases of abetment of suicide and 24 cases of abetment of suicide of women in 2020. Suicide cases were also a significant part of the crime statistics, including 472 incidences of attempted suicides in 2020.
Crimes against children also witnessed an increase of around 29% in reporting to the police with 606 incidents in 2020 in comparison to 470 and 473 cases each in 2019 and 2018, respectively. The NCRB report says that 195 cases were registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) that only deals with victim-survivors who are females.
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