Kashmir Indepth

JK records ‘11% increase’ in cases crime against women


Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Srinagar Nov 02 (KINS): In a worrying situation, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded an 11 percent increase in cases of crime against women, says the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) latest report.

According to news agency Kashmir Indepth News Bureau (KINS) quoting NCRB report, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 3069 cases of crime against women in 2019 and the number rose to 3414 in 2020 thus showing 11 percent rise in the cases.

The NCRB report shows that in 2020, there were nine cases of dowry deaths, 243 rape cases, 349 cases of cruelty against women by their husbands or relatives, 1,639 cases of assault on women and 1,744 cases of assault on women with intention to outrage their modesty.

According to the NCRB report, 247 rape cases were reported in 2020. Among them, in 180 cases, the rape victims were in the age group of 18-30 followed by 55 (30-45 years), 9 (45-60 years). The report says except in one case, the offenders were known to the victims, either through family or friends.

Similarly, the report says the 2020 saw 783 cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 349 of cruelty by husband or his relatives, nine dowry deaths, 24 cases of abetment to suicide, 1744 cases of assault on women with intent to outrage modesty, 10 cases of attempt to rape.

Majority of cases were registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) or Special Local Laws (SLL) were ‘Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives’, ‘Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty’, ‘Kidnapping & Abduction of Women’ and ‘Rape’, etc.

Similarly, the NCRB report says that 195 cases were registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Girl child victim only).

The 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. The crimes against children also witnessed an increase of around 29% with 606 incidents in 2020 in comparison to 470 and 473 cases each in 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Suicide cases were also a significant part of the crime statistics, including 472 incidences of attempt to commit suicide in 2020. (KINS)


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