Crime against women: Panchkula witnesses 50% increase from last yr

A disturbing upward trend has been recorded in Panchkula involving crimes against women, a police statistic report has revealed. An almost 50 per cent increase has been recorded in such cases this year, compared to 2012.

While 88 cases were registered in 2012 at various police stations of the district, the number had already reached 129 on November 30 this year. These cases include those of dowry demands and cruelty by husbands and relatives, dowry deaths, rape and molestation .

According to the police record, the maximum number of cases registered for both the years have been under dowry demands and cruelty by husbands and relatives. In eleven months the number has shot up to 67 this year, while it was 51 in 2012. The numbers are, however, less than that of 2011, when 74 cases were registered under section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.

"In the urban regions, most of the cases related to domestic violence and dowry come from the slum areas of Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony and Kharag Mangoli, and as far as the district is concerned, a majority of them are from Kalka and Pinjore," said Manjeet Kaur, incharge of the Crimes Against Women (CAW) cell. Involved in the counselling of the aggrieved parties, the CAW cell also tries to settle disputes before registering a case.

In 2013, a steep rise was also recorded in the number of molestation cases. With almost a three-fold increase, 37 such case have been registered till November as against 13 cases in 2012. Only 7 cases of molestation were registered in 2011. The same trend also resonates in the number of cases registered for rape, where the number has risen to 22 this year from 18 in 2012; it was 16 in 2011.

The number of dowry deaths have, however, been less this year. While only 2 deaths were reported in 2011, 6 dowry deaths were reported in 2012. The number has come down with 3 cases of dowry deaths registered this year.

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