It’s alarming: Crime against women on rise in JK

Jasleen Kour
Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain unsafe for women as rate of crime against women has shown increase over the years.
According to the latest report given by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), miserably J&K ranks on top in crime against women along with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
As per the report, rate of crime against women in J&K is 57.2 percent, where as 39.4 in Punjab and 37.4 in Himachal Pradesh, in 2015. In total 3,363 cases were reported in 2015 where as 3,321 cases in 2014 of crime against women in Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2014, 332 cases of rape had been registered in J&K where as in 2015, 296 cases were registered in the state. However, report showed a petty decrease in the number of rape incidents in the state.
A total of 1,071 cases were registered of Kidnapping & Abduction under (Section 363,364,364A, 366IPC) of women in Jammu and Kashmir in which 225 cases were registered of Abduction of women to compel her for marriage and 1,343 cases were reported of Assault on women with Intent to outrage her modesty (under section 354 IPC). 244 cases of sexual harassment, the report said. Crimes against women in Jammu and Kashmir have rapidly increased where school or college going girls, working women and other women are no more safe in their own state. 165 cases of Insult to Modesty of Women (under section 509 IPC) were reported, in which 10 cases were reported in public transport. There were 400 cases of cruelty by husband or his relatives (section 498-A IPC), while 50 cases of Abetment of suicide of women (section 306 IPC) and six Dowry deaths were reported in Jammu and Kashmir, in 2015, according to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). There are many women in the state that feel shy to report complaints in police stations specially of eve- teasing or any other issue and those victims do not come to light. Earlier there were only two police stations for women in the state but as a solution for unreported offences, this year government has opened six police stations for women in Jammu and Kashmir.

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