Wednesday, November 29, 2023

46% rise in complaints of crimes against women in first 8 months of 2021

New Delhi: There has been a 46 per cent rise in complaints of crimes against women in the first eight months of 2021 over the corresponding period of last year. Over half of the crimes against women were from Uttar Pradesh, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said Tuesday.

NCW chief Rekha Sharma said there has been a rise in the complaints. This is because the commission has been regularly conducting awareness programmes. Due to such programmes the public is now more aware about its work.

The NCW received a total of 19,953 complaints of crimes against women from January to August this year. It is up from 13,618 in the corresponding period of 2020, it said. In July, a total of 3,248 complaints were received by the NCW which is the highest in a month since June 2015, it added.

Of the 19,953 complaints filed this year, the highest number of 7,036 was recorded under the right to live with dignity clause. It was followed by 4,289 complaints of domestic violence and 2,923 complaints of harassment of married women or dowry harassment, the NCW informed. The right to live with dignity clause takes into account the emotional abuse of women.

A total of 1,116 complaints have been received regarding the offence of outraging modesty of women or molestation. It is followed by 1,022 complaints of rape and attempt to rape and 585 complaints of cyber crimes.

Among states and Union Territories, the highest number of complaints was received from Uttar Pradesh (10,084). It was followed by Delhi (2,147), Haryana (995) and Maharashtra (974), the commission said.

NCW chief Sharma said the rise in the number of complaints is because of increased awareness among women to report crimes. “Also, the commission has always made it a point to launch new initiatives to help women. Keeping in line with this, we have launched a round-the-clock helpline number as well to provide support services to women in need where they can also register a complaint,” Sharma informed.

Akansha Srivastava, founder of the Akanksha Foundation which works for education and empowerment of people by imparting knowledge on cyber safety, said the rise in complaints is due to more awareness among women to reach out for help.

“When complaints rise it is a good thing because it means more women have the courage to speak up. There are platforms in place now and they are aware of where to report. People are reaching out now. Earlier women might not be coming forward to lodge their complaint…they didn’t know what they are going through is harassment but now they do, and they are coming forward to report which is a good thing,” Akanksha informed.

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