Cases of rape, mo­lesta­tion rose last year: Po­lice record

UN­SAFE PLACE In 2015, 104 rape cases filed as op­posed to 90 in 2014; mo­lesta­tion cases in­crease by 30%

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Navi Mum­bai is said to be one of safest cities for women in In­dia. How­ever, the sta­tis­tics of crimes against women re­cently re­leased by the city po­lice shows a dif­fer­ent pic­ture.

While im­moral traf­fick­ing, abet­ment of sui­cide, cru­elty has seen a down­ward swing, sex­ual crimes against women in the city in­creased by 25% in the past one year.

In 2015, a to­tal of 104 rape cases were reg­is­tered as op­posed to 90 cases reg­is­tered in 2014. Bar­ring one, all cases of 2014 were de­tected by the po­lice.

Mo­lesta­tion cases also in­creased by 30%. As many as 202 mo­lesta­tion cases were reg­is­tered last year as against 156 cases reg­is­tered in 2014. The po­lice solved 195 and 155 cases in 2015 and 2014 re­spec­tively.

The po­lice said in a ma­jor­ity of th­ese cases, the sus­pects were known to the vic­tims. They es­tab­lished phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ships con­sen­su­ally and later when things soured, the women reg­is­ter a rape or mo­lesta­tion case. “Over 85% rape or mo­lesta­tion cases we reg­is­tered last year be­long to this cat­e­gory. Af­ter the law was amended, the po­lice have to reg­is­ter a case when­ever a woman comes with a com­plaint against any­one. Thus, the num­ber of cases has gone up,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

He said there are cases which are not re­ported im­me­di­ately.

“At times, the vic­tims don’t re­veal their plight to their par­ents be­cause of fear and so­cial stigma. In some cases, par­ents don’t reg­is­ter a po­lice com­plaint, fear­ing dif­fi­cult times for the vic­tim’s

fu­ture. They try to solve it within them­selves and hence the cul­prits go scot free,” he added.

Im­moral traf­fick­ing of women has de­creased by 50%. Only 11 such cases were re­ported last year as op­posed to 22 cases in 2014.

An­other wor­ry­ing fac­tor is that sev­eral women were ei­ther raped or mo­lested by their rel­a­tives or fam­ily mem­bers in the past year. “Po­lice are of­ten held re­spon­si­ble when crime rates go up. But what can we do when a woman is raped by her own fam­ily mem­ber in­side her house?” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

DILIP SAWANT, DCP (crime) IL­LUS­TRA­TION: SHRIKRISHNA PATKAR

CRU­ELTY CASES DIP

Cases of women sub­ject­ing to cru­elty by in-laws have gone down by 44%. Like­wise, abet­ment to sui­cide cases too de­creased to 14

in 2015 from 17 cases reg­is­tered in 2014.

“At times, the vic­tims

don’t re­veal their plight to their par­ents be­cause of fear and so­cial stigma. In some cases, par­ents don’t reg­is­ter a com­plaint, fear­ing dif­fi­cult times for the vic­tim. They try to solve it within them­selves and cul­prits go scot free,”

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