Jammu: The state of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed increase in cases of kidnapping of women and girls as compared to 2016, the government said on Tuesday. It also admitted that cases of crime against women have also increased in the past year.
As many as 877 cases of abduction of girls and women have been registered last year, in comparison to 775 cases in 2016, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to the question of PDP’s Anjum Fazili in Legislative Assembly.
She further added that 534 persons were arrested in abduction cases last year, while the number of arrests in 2016 were 479.
“There were as many as 3075 number of such under-trial cases last year in comparison to 3075 cases in 2016,” she said.
Notably, a total of 1652 cases of abduction of women and girls have been registered during the last two years.
In another reply the Chief Minister said that 3,168 cases of crime against women were registered in the state in 2017, as against 2,915 cases in 2016.
As compared to this, 2,915 such cases have been registered in which 3,736 people have been arrested in 2016, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to a question of PDP MLA Anjum Fazili in the Assembly.
Mufti said 3,168 cases of crime against women have been registered in which 3,957 people have been arrested in 2017.
The cases of crime against women included rapes, gang rapes, kidnapping, molestations, outraging modesty, eve- teasing, dowry death cases, abatement of suicides, among others.
While the total number of 11,945 cases are pending under trial against 24,843 people at the end of the year in 2017, it was 1,187 cases which are pending under trial against 24,111 people at the end of 2016, she said.
“There has been an increase in the registration of cases relating to crime against women in year 2017 as compared to year 2016,” Mufti said.
The chief minister said that several steps have been taken to curb the cases of crime against women and in this direction six women police stations have been established, besides further sanctioned five more women police stations.
Police is also conducting a round-the-clock patrolling at vulnerable places, particularly near schools, colleges and universities to maintain vigil over miscreants and eve- teasers, she said.