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Crimes against women shooting up in Jalandhar

Rajeev Bhaskar , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, November 22, 2013
First Published: 22:51 IST(22/11/2013) | Last Updated: 22:57 IST(22/11/2013)

Growing incidents of crime against women in the recent years have raised alarm bells not only for the police, but also for society to wake up and take the menace head-on before the situation goes out of hands.

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Crime graph of the city shows an upsurge in incidents of crime against women as cases registered under section 354 of the IPC (Assault or criminal force to women with intent to outrage her modesty) have risen from 19 in 2011, 17 in 2012 to 64 till date this year.

Even the total number of cases of crime against women have also witnessed a steep rise with registration of 297 cases this year as compared to 144 and 216 in the years 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Though police attribute the upsurge to growing level of awareness among women, who don't shy away from approaching the police, but it was also true that such incidents have also multiplied in the recent years.

When asked about the reason behind growing rate of crime against women, trustee of Mata Pushpa Gujral Nari Niketan, Seema Chopra, said, "I feel that crimes against women are on the rise due to multiple reasons and aping western culture blindly being one of them. Unemployment, drugs also add to the problem."

"Also, portrayal of women in movies is most of the times is negative and the movies happen to affect the psyche of the people, especially youngsters," she said.

She said that apart from deployment of women cops in the field, CCTV cameras should also be installed at vulnerable spots to monitor eve-teasing and other crimes against women.

Admitting growing incidents of crime against women, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul S claimed that the city police had been proactive to make lives of women safer. "We have already deployed women armed special protection squad (WASPS) at 'strategic' points like schools, colleges and markets," he said.

"We have specially deployed all women PCRs in front of school and colleges and WASPS has been instructed to immediately reach the spot, in case of any complaint regarding crime against women, is received at special Helpline Number 1091", he added.

He said that specially-trained women cops are deployed round-the-clock at the police control room (PCR) to tackle the complaints regarding use of abusive language by unknown callers. "We also plan to constitute anti-stalking units to curb the menace," he said.

It has been instructed to deploy at least one woman constable in every police station, apart from presence of women cops at all major road crossings to regulate traffic as well as to take prompt action in case of any attempt of crime against women, the DCP said.

"Still, cooperation from the people is needed to tackle such crimes as police alone cannot fight it out", DCP said adding that every person should stand against such a crime, only then it could be eradicated from the society.


Crime Graph of the City

                                               2011                      2012             2013 (so far)

Molestation                                19                         17                64
Rape                                          17                         33                24
Dowry cases                              46                        106               120

Total cases of
crime against women                 144                        216               297


Is Jalandhar safe for women ? What steps are needed to make it safer?

Women are not safe at all. One can only take precautions, for which parents guidance is very crucial. Educational institutes should start programmes to guide girl students how to deal with such a situation.
Suman, BCom student

Self defence training should be given to girls so that they feel secure and deal with an unsavoury situation confidently. Families should always encourage their daughters to learn self defence techniques.
Preety Bala, lecturer

The mobile numbers of police officials, including the police commissioner and other women police officers, should be displayed at public places, such as bus stand, railway station, markets etc.
Amrit Anjana Arora, advocate

Quick response teams (QRT) should be formed by police to ensure safety of women. Government should provide safety kits such as pepper sprays free of cost.
Shivani, BCom student

Besides self-defence training to girls, there is need to awaken the society to help women in case they come across the first sign of harassment. Public usually remain a mute spectator.
Harleen Massan, student

More women PCRs should be launched in cities, who should be specially trained to deal with crimes against women. There is need to awaken public that they should stand by the women victims of harassment.
Tarveen Kaur, student

Mushrooming of liquor shops was another major cause behind spurt in crime against women. Government should change its policy with regard to opening of liquor vends.
Kamna Chabbra, housewife

 Girls usually avoid approaching male cops, as they are not comfortable speaking to them. Presence of women cops should be increased to provide a sense of security among the fairer sex.
Deepa Sharma, student

Compiled by Jatinder Kohli

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