A man arrested for outraging the modesty of women is heard of quite often, but what about women arrested on the same charges?
But in muslim dominated Jammu and Kashmir, where even outsiders are not allowed to settle, 133 women have been arrested on charges of outraging modesty of the same sex in the last two-years. Fifteen, have been arrested on charges of obscene acts in public.
These figures are according to the official record of the state home department, headed by chief minister Omar Abdullah. The information was tabled in the House on Monday in a written reply to a question by PDP MLA Dr Shaif Ahmad Wani.
Between 2010 and 2011 a total of 2,177 women have been arrested on different charges. Interestingly, these arrests come at a time when there is growing demand across the country that the rights of gay-lesbian communities be accepted.
The other charges on which women were arrested are:
Abetment of rape (15 arrests), abetment of kidnapping and abduction (48 arrests), murder (55 arrests), rioting (405).
Of these cases, 633 women have been arrested in Kashmir province and 1544 in Jammu.
Four of the women arrested are from Pakistan occupied Kashmir and four are Burmese. The maximum number of women arrested are in the age group of 36-45 years. However, no women have been arrested as political prisoners in the State.
It’s not for the first time that such replies have been tabled in the House. In the last Session at Srinagar, the names of 1,326 rape victims were also tabled after which CM Omar Abdullah had tendered an apology.
"Under what circumstances these details have been revealed, I will get back to the house with full details soon,” the CM had said then. But till date no statement in this regard was issued.