Domestic violence cases shoot up by 58% in 8 years
There has been nearly 50 percent increase in crimes against women in Jammu and Kashmir in last eight years with domestic violence shooting up by nearly 60 percent, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
While 2087 cases of crime against women were registered in 2008 this figure went up to 3535 in 2015.
As per the NCRB data, 2757 cases of crime against women like rape, attempt to rape, molestation, dowry and abduction were reported in 2009, 2521 in 2010 and 3329 in 2011.
According to the report, kidnapping and domestic violence has witnessed over 40 percent and 58 percent increase respectively during the period.
Kidnapping and abduction cases of women have gone up by 40 percent since 2008. The number of cases related to kidnapping reported in 2008 was 653 which went upto 1097 cases in 2015.
Domestic violence related cases have also gone up by 58 percent in eight years though it has decreased if compared to previous two years. Suicide attempts have also gone up by 48 percent in this period.
Molestation cases have also gone up by around 35 percent. As many as 1340 cases of molestation were reported in 2015 against 869 cases in 2008.
Rape cases have also witnessed an upward spiral with 312 cases reported in 2015 against 221 in 2008. However, rape cases have witnessed a decline if compared to last two years.
As per officials, the women’s commission received around 10 to 20 domestic violence complaints every day.
“The reasons for crimes against women include dowry, excesses by in-laws, matrimonial disputes and family squabbles. They are also subjected to mental and physical torture at home and workplaces,” officials said.
The government has failed to establish ‘Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW)’ that was approved by Government of India earlier this year.
The project was to set up 150 IUCAWs in 20 percent of the districts funded by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The project cost as per sources was Rs 84 crore annually, out of which 42 crore rupees were to be provided by the Centre under 50:50 state-center share. The project would have employed 2250 personnel including 750 women.
However, J&K government failed to pursue the project and is yet to prepare any Detailed Project Report (DPR) regarding setting up of IUCAW in J&K.
The government has also failed to establish emergency helpline. The 181 service was launched by union government in January 2013 and former Union Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal had appealed all the chief ministers to allocate the three digit number '181' to their states so that it can be made a national helpline for women.
In many states, the 181 service has been merged with state police helpline numbers to respond to the emergency calls through referral. However, in J&K the government is yet to initiate the process. firstname.lastname@example.org