Despite the local police's initiatives to curtail crime against women, there has been a spurt in such cases as compared to last year.
Earlier, the police used to investigate the matter before registering FIRs in most cases of crime against women. However, after the Delhi gangrape case in December and the directions of the Supreme Court, the Ludhiana police started lodging FIRs against the accused, before initiating investigation.
According to police, registration of FIR immediately is also one of the reasons behind the increase in number of such cases.
As per the data available with the police, at least 82 girls became victims of rape in the past 10 months, which is almost double than 2012. In 2012, 43 rape cases were registered.
Similarly, the number of molestation complaints have seen twofold rise. Whereas the city saw 18 such cases last year, 50 cases have so far been reported in 2013. Furthermore, abduction cases too have risen this year. As many as 112 girls have been kidnapped against 71 last year.
Situation alarming in the industrial town
According to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2012, the total cases of crime recorded against women in Ludhiana were 363, including rape, molestation, eve-teasing and abduction on the pretext of marriage. The number was highest in the state. The NCRB releases this data annually.
Taking cognisance of the Delhi gangrape case, the city police in December had released two women helplines at 1091 and 78370-18555.
The city police also introduced 25 teams of women PCR staff in February this year. These teams patrol around the city throughout the day to deal with crime against women.
A women police station was established in January to deal with complaints of women. Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) city-1 Nilambari Jagdale was made its nodal officer.
ADCP Nilambari Jagdale
The city has adequate women constables. As many as 100 women cops were recently recruited, while another 100 were undergoing training. Moreover, the state has issued notification for recruitment of women sub-inspectors. After their recruitment, the city would get more women officers.
Due to efforts of the police, women have become more aware about their rights, and are coming forward to register their complaints. Earlier, to avoid social stigma, women refrained from registering their complaints. The police have also been providing emotional support to the victims, besides legal help.