Molestation cases rise, eve-teasing cases fall

Molestation cases rise, eve-teasing cases fall
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Junaid Rather

Srinagar: Despite introducing several measures to ensure the security of women, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed almost 10 percent increase in the number of cases of molestation of women, official records show.
The annual document of Crime Branch available with Kashmir Reader reveals that the number of molestation cases in the state in the year 2017 was 1361, while in 2016 the number was 1233.
However, “eve-teasing” cases declined as compared to 2016. The official records reveal that the number of eve-teasing cases was 157 in the year 2016 while in the year 2017 only 121 such reports were filed.
As per the documents, there were 11,786 cases of crime against women in 2016, which included cases of rape, gang rape, kidnapping, molestation, eve-teasing, dowry deaths and others.
Police sources divulged that most of the cases including of molestation, eve-teasing and domestic violence go unreported.
A police officer said that there has been a significant rise in domestic violence cases. “Last year, more than 2,000 cases of domestic violence were registered in the valley,” he said.
In December 2017, the Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women introduced a helpline number for women who face harassment or molestation or are subjected to domestic violence at home.
Earlier this year, the government started a Women Helpline Service (181) to provide 24-hour immediate response to women affected by violence.

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