Crimes against women in Maharashtra shot up by 46%

News Bharati English    28-Nov-2014

Mumbai,November 28: Maharashtra CID's annual crime report gives little cause to cheer, what with molestation, sexual harassment, kidnapping and rape reporting a rise in 2013, as opposed to 2012.

Atrocities against women in the state shot up by 46.08 per cent last year, with a simultaneous surge in atrocities against children, claims the annual report of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) published yesterday at its headquarters.

Other than its sixteenth annual report, Crime in Maharashtra 2013, the CID also published a small booklet ‘Crime in Maharashtra-2013 Compendium’, which has a detailed version of various subjects such as atrocities on women, child abuse, police suicide, fake currency and other issues. The report was released by the state’s Additional Director General of Police (CID) S P Yadav, Pune Commissioner of Police Satish Mathur and Additional Director General (Prison) Meeran Chadha Borwankar.

Across the country, more than 3.9 lakh cases of atrocities against women were registered. The state, just as Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, witnessed an increase in the cases.

Cognizable offences surged if one compares the figures from the previous year, 2012; in Mumbai the number increased by 39.22% and in Pune by 14.82%.

During 2013, crime against women increased by 46.8% in the state: molestation (106.7%), sexual harassment (103.4%), rape (66.6%), kidnapping and abduction (64.4%), dowry (30.3%), cruelty by husband and his relatives (15.2%).

Out of all the crimes against women, 33% pertain to cruelty by husband and in-laws, for which the conviction rate is as low as 2.6%.

The conviction rate for sexual harassment and molestation is 11.5% and 11.9%. However, there is a decline in crimes under immoral trafficking by 21%, and murder for dowry by 17%.

CID says the conviction rate needs to be increased with the help of modern techniques for collecting scientific evidences.

There was an increase in the number of juveniles in conflict with law by 20.8% as compared to 2012, and most affected juveniles are in the age group 16-18. There is also an increase by 85.5% in offences against children.