Noida: Heinous crimes against women rise in district
Heinous offences such as rape, dowry deaths and women abduction have seen a jump this year, when compared to the figures of 2016noida Updated: Dec 16, 2017 23:07 IST
While the overall cases of crimes against women (CAW) has seen a marginal decline in 2017 when compared to the previous year, rise in number of heinous offences against women such as rape, dowry deaths and abductions is still a major cause of concern in Gautam Budh Nagar district.
A total of 959 (till November) offences against women were reported in the district this year, as against 1,047 cases in the previous year.
On the other hand, heinous offences such as rape, dowry deaths and women abduction have seen a jump this year, when compared to the figures of 2016.
A total of 93 rape cases were reported in the district this year so far as against 74 in 2016. Similarly, cases of abduction under Section 363, 366 of the IPC have seen a jump from 216 to 270. The figure also include abduction of minor boys. The number of cases of dowry deaths under Section 304B of the IPC has also increased from 22 to 32 this year.
Gautam Budh Nagar’s superintendent of police (crime) Preeti Bala Gupta expressed concern over rise in number of heinous offences against women in the district.
“Police is proactively pursuing every aspect concerning safety of women to curb offences against them in the district and have successfully pulled down the overall offences against women, but rise in number of heinous offences such as rape and dowry deaths is a cause of concern and a challenge for the police force.”
“After the formation of anti-Romeo squads in the state this year, the number of cases of sexual harassment (354 IPC) and passing lewd remarks (294 IPC) have come down as compared to 2016,” Gupta said.
Cases of sexual harassment have come down from 193 to 162 while cases of passing lewd remarks have reduced from 47 to 4.
“For women safety, the police is collaborating with several NGOs and voluntary groups, who provide self-defence training in schools and colleges,” the police officer said.
However city-based women right’s activist Maya John feels the decline in crimes against women fails to capture the reality of women’s everyday problems in the and with the police force.
John said, “The supposed decline may be for certain reasons and it is certainly not due to the timely action by police on women complaints. This is evident when we consider that the last one year data shows an increase in repeat crimes, which means criminals who assault women are emboldened by tardy police action to repeat crimes such as sexual harassment and rape.”
She further said there are large sections of women such as factory workers, domestic workers, etc., whose complaints are hardly registered by the police. John said women safety has a long way to go in Noida.
However, the SP said the increase in the number of cases is also a result of women feeling emboldened to come forward and register complaints. That was not the case, earlier, the SP said.
As far as cases of dowry deaths are concerned, they take place in closed quarters and, hence, police have limitations in curbing such cases.
“In the case of women abductions too, we have to see how many cases are chargesheeted and how many cases have been quashed after investigation,” Gupta said.
“it is our constant endeavour to provide a safe environment for women in the district, as people from many parts of the country come here for work,” she said.
First Published: Dec 16, 2017 23:07 IST