CRIME AGAINST women in Maharashtra has increased by 16.57 per cent during 2015 in comparison to the previous year, states the 18th annual report ‘Crime in Maharashtra 2015’, published by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), released on Monday by Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla.
According to the report, “in crimes against women, there is a decline observed in dowry deaths (-3.94 per cent), abetment to commit suicide (-28.8 per cent), attempt to commit rape (-13.3 per cent), cruelty by husband or relatives (-0.73 per cent), trafficking in minor girls to foreign country (-100 per cent) and eve teasing (-29 per cent).”
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While there is a rise in kidnapping and abduction (+107.41 per cent, officials said, this is mainly because of the fact that complaints of missing girls are lodged as cases of kidnapping now. The report shows that there is a rise in domestic violence (+100 per cent), immoral human trafficking in women (+88 percent), rape (+ 20.5 per cent), molestation (+17.1 per cent) and dowry prohibition act (+7.69 per cent).
“Maximum number of cases pertained to molestation — 37.63 per cent. Conviction rate under the same was 16.83 per cent. The conviction rate in the rape case was 19.1 per cent during 2014, which increased to 21.10 per cent in 2015,” it is stated.
CID chief Sanjay Kumar said it is due to increased awareness that more women are coming forward to file complaints, due to which we see a rise in number of registrations of crime against women in the state.
Shukla said that although registration of crime against women is on the rise, the conviction rate in these cases is not much. This is so because the court trial goes on for years and women are not able to follow it closely as mostly in the meantime, some get married or take up other responsibilities, she said. “There is a need for speedy trials,” added Shukla.