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Crime against women up

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JAN. 6. The figures for 2004 furnished by the Delhi police indicate that the women in the Capital continued to face violence within their house as well as outside. An increase was registered not only in cases of criminal assault but also of cruelty against women by their husbands and in-laws. The number of abductions of women also went up and so did the number of eve-teasing incidents.

As per the figures, 1,188 cases of cruelty against women by husbands or in-laws under Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code were registered last year. For 2003, the figure under the same head stood at 1,138, an increase of 4 per cent.

Over the past few years, the evil seems to have remained more or less at the same level. While, in 2000, 982 such cases were registered, in 2001 the figure reached 1,209. In 2002, it came down marginally to 1,196 and went further down to 1,138 in 2003.

Dowry death cases registered a minor decrease from 130 in the previous year to 122 last year. The trend over the past few years have remained generally the same in this case too. In the past five years, the lowest number of dowry death cases (113) were registered in 2001, while the maximum (136) were recorded in 2002.

The police are concerned over the increase in the number of women kidnapped or abducted. From 745 in the previous year, the number of such cases went up to 827 last year.

In 2000 and 2001, the figures under this head had crossed 1,000. The police said out of these cases about 30 per cent were cancelled as the girls returned on their own.

About the same percentage of cases were of elopement where the victims and the accused got married against the wishes of their parents. But the remaining 40 per cent women (which means more than 300 last year) remained untraced. Experts point out that many victims in such cases are young women lured by men who promise good life and even marriage and then push these women into prostitution.

Eve-teasing cases jumped from 1,599 in 2003 to 2,084 last year. However, the Delhi Police Commissioner, K.K. Paul, said in his annual press conference on Wednesday that a large number of these cases were results of the drives launched by the police in which policewomen set up traps at places like the University campus and arrested those indulging in eve-teasing.

The police also ran courses throughout the year training more than 8,000 girls, most of them college-going girls and young women, in self-defence techniques.

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