ACCORDING to data on crimes against women compiled by the state home department,mental and physical harassment by husbands and relatives account for the maximum number of cases reported in the last three years.
In 2011,of the 17,209 cases of crimes against women in Maharashtra,7,136 were of domestic violence. There were 3,794 cases of molestation,1,701 of rape and 1,252 cases of women being abducted.
In 2010,crimes against women stood at 17,462,of which 7,434 cases were of cruelty by husband and kin.
There were 16,620 cases of crimes against women in 2009. The number of cases of cruelty by husband and relatives was 7,681.
The government has admitted that the number of cases pending in courts is also extremely high. In 2011,cases before courts (including the pending ones) was 1.42 lakh.
The state government is also concerned over sexual harassment cases being reported. In 2011,the number of sexual harassment and eve-teasing cases was 1,071. In 2010,it was 1,180 while 1,090 cases were reported in 2009.
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