As per the data provided by the state government, the crime rate against women and children has shown a fluctuating trend with decrease in the year 2014 as compared to the year 2013 but an increasing trend during 2015 as compared to 2014.
In 2013, the total number of 3430 cases was registered. In 2014, 3329 cases were registered but then in 2015, the rate increased again and 3355 cases were registered.
Out of the crimes against women, molestation is topping the list with 1342 cases registered in 2015, 1411 in 2014 and 1389 in 2013. Then under kidnapping/abduction, 1097 cases were registered in 2015, 826 in 2014 and 956 in 2013.
Under the domestic violence section, six deaths were reported in 2015, five in 2014 and seven in 2013. Besides that 400 cases were registered in 2015, 469 in 2014 and 431 in 2013 under cruelty by husband and relatives and only one case for 2015 and 2014 under dowry restraint prohibition but three in 2013.
The cases under abetment of suicide were also reported in these years with 166 cases in 2015, 164 in 2014 and 197 in 2013.
The data was provided in the legislative council in response to a question tabled by opposition’s council member Dr Shahnaz Ganai during summer session in Srinagar.
Besides data, the state government has also revealed that various legislative and administrative measures have been taken to stop crime against women.
Under Sexual harassment of women at work place Act, 2013, all district magistrates of state have been notified as district officers to exercise powers within their respective jurisdictions. One grievances cell exclusively for women employees has also been established in civil secretariat from April 29, 2016.
The state welfare department has also been informed to form internal complaints committee in all subordinate offices and at district levels from May 17, 2016. The home department has also instructed all HODs under its administrative control to form internal complaints committee exclusively for women from June 01, 2016.
Meanwhile, under Juveniles, the data again shows fluctuating trends, with Kathua topping the list for three years and Srinagar at the second position.
In 2013 a total of 121 juvenile cases were registered with 25 cases registered in Kathua, 23 in Srinagar, 13 in Budgam, 12 in Ganderbal, 12 in Jammu, 11 in Samba, 10 in Udhampur, 7 in Poonch, 3 in Shopian, 2 each in Ramban and Doda and one in Jammu.
In 2014 a total of 102 cases were registered with Kathua again topping the list 24, followed by Udhampur with 22 cases registered, 20 in Srinagar, 17 in Jammu, 8 in Poonch, 6 in Shopian, 4 in Ramban and one in Reasi.
In 2015, a total of 105 cases registered with the rate going down in Srinagar to many folds. Only five cases were registered in Srinagar with Kathua again topping the list with 32 cases registered. 24 cases were registered in Udhampur, 13 in Jammu, 12 in Budgam, 9 in Poonch, 4 in Kulgam, 2 in Doda, one each in Islamabad, Awantipora and Baramulla.