Crimes against women, weaker sections down: Police
Crime cases against women registered a 2.58% decrease in 2016; in 2015, the drop was 9.55%, crime branch data shows. The police records reveal a 13.13% decrease last year in cases registered for violence against people from scheduled castes, and a 15.12% drop in cases against scheduled tribesjaipur Updated: Feb 07, 2017 20:56 IST
Crimes against women and cases of violence against weaker sections have decreased in Rajasthan, reveals police data that has been disputed by opposition leaders and dalit activists.
Crime cases against women registered a 2.58% decrease in 2016; in 2015, the drop was 9.55%, crime branch data shows.
Though crimes, such as dowry deaths, outraging modesty and kidnapping, decreased in 2016, the number of rapes increased by 0.54%, and of harassment by 0.33%. Dowry harassment cases came down from 14,383 in 2015 to 13,811 in 2016.
“Effective policing is the reason behind the decrease in crimes against women as due to better utilisation of local and special acts, many miscreants and history-sheeters were arrested last year,” said additional director general of police (crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh.
The police data shows a 13.13% decrease last year in cases registered for violence against people from scheduled castes, and a 15.12% drop in cases against scheduled tribes.
Disputing police claims, state Congress vice president Archana Sharma said, “It is a false assumption that crime against women has gone down in Rajasthan. Actually, last year Rajasthan has gone up from fifth position to third in the country in terms of violence against women.”
Sharma said violence against women from weaker sections has also increased. “An 8% increase in violence against women from scheduled castes has been seen in Rajasthan,” she said.
“When it comes to violence against weaker sections of the society, cases are not registered in most instances and the victims face difficulties in lodging them. Moreover, rarely fair investigation happens and the full provisions of the SC/ST Act are never followed,” said Satish Kumar, director of the Centre for Dalit Rights.
CRIME BRANCH DATA
Crime against women: 2.58% decrease in 2016; 9.55% decrease in 2015
Dowry harassment cases: 14,383 in 2015; 13,811 in 2016
Weaker sections: 13.13% decrease in 2016 in cases of violence against SCs; 15.12% drop in crime against STs