An average of nine cases were registered daily under the Dowry Prohibition Act from 1988 to 2009, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures cited by Krishna Tirath, women and child development minister in her reply to a question in Rajya Sabha reveal.
During the 21 year period, 69,382 cases had been registered of which trials were completed in 34,562 instances. While the Dowry Prohibition Act came into being in 1961, NCRB has been collecting data under the Act only since 1988.
With the number of aggrieved people accessing relief and services under the provisions of the Act showing an increasing trend, the minister said in a separate release that the government feels a need to train first class judicial magistrates and metropolitan magistrates to deal with the cases under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 through national and state judicial academies.
The figures tabled in the house also included 2,03,804 cases of all types of crimes against women in 2009, 1,95,856 in 2008 and 1,85,312in 2007. The crimes included dowry deaths, physical assault and harassment at workplaces.
However, majority of complaints received by National Human Rights Commission relate to atrocities on women by the police. Tirath also said that there is no government plan to make a central legislation for assessing the joint matrimonial property as joint matrimonial property rights are governed by respective personal laws.
In reply to another question on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the minister said in 2011 alone, 21 cases of alleged irregularities in have been reported from the states which are being strictly dealt with.