Crime against women on rise in Delhi
Despite public out cry over the lack of safety for women in the city, the national capital continues to be vulnerable for the fairer sex with a reported increase in number of cases of crime against them.delhi Updated: Dec 31, 2008 14:58 IST
Despite public out cry over the lack of safety for women in the city, the national capital continues to be vulnerable for the fairer sex with a reported increase in number of cases of crime against them.
According to the latest statistics by National Commission for Women (NCW), of the total 2,000 complaints of crimes against women received till mid December this year, 535 were of rape, 338 of molestation and eve teasing, 361 cases were related to gender and caste based discrimination and 21 for attempt to rape among others.
"These complaints are a matter of grave concern for us. Our Commission is monitoring the situation and taking strict measures to check it," NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas told PTI.
All state governments have opened separate women police stations in each districts and major cities to deal with cases of crimes against women.
"Even in all other police stations, women have right to be dealt with by a women officer only for their complaints and grievances. But, the number shows that we need to do more to stop cruelty against women," she said.
The Commission also received 553 complaints of police harassment and 192 for sexual harassment at work place.
The NCW, however, had received a total of 1,086 cases of crimes against women last year, out of which 634 complaints were of rape and attempt to rape, 249 of police harassment, 110 of sexual harassment at work place, 88 for outraging modesty of women and 5 for gender discrimination.
According to the apex court guidelines, it is mandatory for all the government and semi-government organisations to have an in-house committee to check the cases of sexual harassment, Vyas said, adding that "it is the job of the committee to ensure that no women is being harassed in her office.