‘Crime against Women’ doubled in 3 years despite declining crime rate

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 January 2016 23:59 IST

While there is substantial decline in the crime rate in last one year, sudden rise in crime against women in Goa in the last three years is a matter of concern in the tourist state.

The Goa police have released its annual report of crime and its detection, showing almost 13% improvement in detection rate, with almost 83% cases detected by the police.

Similarly, the reported crime also shows 31% decline with 3072 cases reported last year, compared to 4466 cases reported in 2014.

But the major area of concern is the crime against women, where the cases reported are more than double compared to the scenario of 2012 and before.

This appears to have nothing to do with the change of guard at political level since the crime rate was pretty low in 2012 even after the Bharatiya Janata Party government took over in March 2012.

While 2012 indicates 228 reported cases of crime against women, the figures jump to 502 (2013) and then 549 (2014) and 441 (2015).

The table shown below released by the police department clearly indicates that cases of MOLESTATION are rising four fold: 57 (2012), 197 (2013), 236 (2014) and 184 (2015).

Similar is the case with RAPES which have risen substantially: 57 (2012), 90 (2013), 100 (2014) and 84 (2015).

The cases of kidnapping and abduction of women have increased by four and five times since 2012: 15 (2012), 67(2013), 83 (2014) and 73(2015).

In case of rapes, there is also alarming rise of rapes by friends and neighbours in last three years (read the second table).

 

Crime against Women reported in Goa (2012-2015)

   

2012

2013

2014

 2015

1

Rape

57

90

100

84

2

Kidnapping/Abduction

15

67

83

73

3

Molestation

57

197

236

184

4

Eve Teasing

24

74

64

44

5

Cruelty to married women by her husband or their relatives

23

35

30

22

6

Dowry Death

0

0

0

0

7

Abetment to commit suicide

9

3

6

6

8

Dowry Prohibition Act

2

8

4

0

9

Protection of women from Domestic Violence

0

0

3

0

10

Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act.

40

28

23

28

11

Indecent Representation of women

1

0

0

0

 

Total

228

502

549

441

             

 

Break up of Rape cases reported for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015

Sr. No.

Accused

Cases

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

1

By Friend

17

18

24

39

50

44

2

By Neighbour

6

5

9

8

10

13

3

By Relative

0

1

4

1

4

6

4

By Brother

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

By Brother-in-law

0

0

0

0

1

0

6

By Teacher

0

0

1

0

0

1

7

By Uncle

0

0

1

2

0

0

8

By Father/Step father

3

0

1

5

1

2

9

By Husband

0

0

1

3

1

0

10

By Employer

2

0

1

0

2

0

11

By Co-Worker

0

0

2

3

5

0

12

By Police Personnel

0

0

2

0

0

0

13

Son of the owner of the rented room

0

1

0

0

0

0

14

By Mothers Friend

0

1

0

0

0

0

15

By Coach

0

1

0

0

0

0

16

By Security Guard

1

-

0

0

0

0

17

By Stranger/Unknown

7

3

9

11

21

10

18

Known

0

0

1

17

3

8

19

Others

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

Total

36(9)*

30(7)*

56(18)*

89(12)*

100(10)*

84(18)*

               

( )*Indicates cases occurred in previous years but registered during the current year.

 

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The figures of Crimes against women in India is also an indicator of their empowerment and self assertion if not social support.

Now a days,figures of rape also include failed affairs where the woman complains against a lover who has enjoyed her intimacy,on a promise of marriage,but failed to keep his promise.Another reason is the elopement by minors who are lovers.Any sexual contact with an under age girl is mandatory rape and in each such case of elopement,rape charges are pressed against the hapless lover.

Similarly,kidnappings are mostly technical matters where an under age girl is either missing or has eloped from home.As per the Supreme Court orders,the police compulsorily registers an FIR in each of such cases and disposes them of once the girl is found.

Given the above background,we need to accept the statistics with discernment and not with alarm.

- edrick menezes, Jakarta | 03 rd January 2016 18:13

 

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