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New Delhi: There are gaps in the implementation of the domestic violence act and insufficient funds for it, Centre for Social Research (CSR) director and activist Ranjana Kumari said at an event organized by her organization and Oxfam India to discuss 10 years of Protection of Women against the Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) in India on Tuesday.

Statistics show an alarming decline in the number of cases registered and an improper budget allocation for the implementation of the act.

“(There is) 50 percent decrease in the number of protection officers for the implementation of the act in the country. These are serious problems which need to be addressed on a priority basis.” she added.

Speakers highlighted the glaring gaps in the implementation of PWDVA and the various problems surrounding it including lack of awareness amongst many others.

In 2013, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported 309,546 cases of violence against women of which 118,866 were cases of domestic violence. In 2014, NCRB for the first time published data on the act, with only 426 cases registered under the act for the entire year.

Prof. Bijayalaxmi Nanda of Miranda House said: “People generally do not report on verbal abuse. They do not report much on mental abuse as they would do on physical abuse.

I believe if there are good, progressive judgements (on domestic violence cases) which can be highlighted (and) if women start recognizing that they have a right to dignity.. then that becomes the first step.”

CSR and Oxfam India plan to prepare a memorandum with action points specific to each component of the act and send it to the prime minister’s office. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:wukeli.bokerb.com)

 

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Crimes Against Women Perpetrate in Every two Minutes: NCRB Analysis

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Crimes against women in India
Father, left and mother, center of the Indian student victim who was fatally gang raped on this day three years back on a moving bus in the Indian capital join others at a candle lit vigil in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. VOA
  • Any kind of physical or mental harm towards women is deemed as  “crime against women”
  • Domestic violence is the most dominant crime against women
  • Andhra Pradesh state is the highest to report crimes against women in the period of ten years

Sep 20, 2017: A report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) suggests that crimes against women have increased violently in the last ten years with an estimated figure of  2.24 million crimes. The figure is also suggestive of the fact: 26 crimes against women are reported every hour, or one complaint every two minutes, reports IndiaSpend analysis.

The most dominant crime against women with 909,713 cases reported in last decade was ‘cruelty by husbands and relatives’ under section 498‐A of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

‘Assault on women’ booked under section 354 of IPC is the second-most-reported crime against women with 470,556 crimes.

‘Kidnapping and abduction of women’ are the third-most-reported crime with 315,074 crimes, followed by ‘rape’ (243,051), ‘insult to modesty of women’ (104,151) and ‘dowry death’ (80,833).

The NCRB report also listed three heads, namely commit rape (4,234), abetment of suicide of women (3,734) and protection of women from domestic violence (426) under which cases of crime against women have been reported in 2014.

Andhra Pradesh has reported the most crimes against women (263,839) over the past 10 years.

Andhra Pradesh state is the highest (263,839) to report crimes against women in the period of ten years. Crimes reported for insult (35,733) ranks first followed by cruelty by husband relatives (117,458), assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (51,376) and dowry-related deaths (5,364).

West Bengal (239,760) is second most crime against women state followed by Uttar Pradesh (236,456), Rajasthan (188,928) and Madhya Pradesh (175,593).

Abduction increased up to three folds over the recent years,  with Uttar Pradesh being the worst affected state. Cases rose from 15,750 cases in 2005 to 57,311 cases in 2014.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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