November 21, 2014 11:46:16 am
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the chief secretary and DGP of Tripura on a a complaint that incidents of crime against women, including rape, murder, molestation, torture for dowry, sexual harassment at workplace were on a rise in the state.
Taking cognizance of a complaint in this regard, Justice D Murugesan, member of NHRC also directed the Tripura chief secretary and Director General of Police to submit reports in this regard within four weeks, a press release issued by the Commission said. The complainant also alleged that in almost all cases of sexual offence against women at workplace, the state government was trying to hush-up the matter to give protection to the offenders, it added.
The NHRC press release said that giving several instances of crime against women, wherein either delayed action or no action was taken by the police, during the current year, the complainant requested the Commission to take steps for the protection of right to life with dignity of women and to stop unabated violence against them in Tripura.
The complainant had also alleged that Tripura had become a safe heaven for women trafficking and that even at workplace women could not work with dignity. The guidelines of the Supreme Court laid down in Visakha case had not been implemented in Tripura, the press release quoting the complainant.
According to the Crimes in India 2013 report published by National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB), Tripura had registered 1628 cases of various crimes against women during 2013. Of these cases of cruelty by husbands and other relatives were the highest at 827, followed by 233 cases of rape, 124 cases of kidnapping and abduction and 29 cases of dowry-related deaths.
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