Incidents of crime against women - Heart breaking statistics

Saturday, September 20, 2008

In India, According to police reports, for
  • every 26 minutes a woman is molested,
  • every 34 minutes a rape takes place,
  • every 42 minutes a sexual harassment incident occurs,
  • every 43 minutes a woman is kidnapped,
  • every 93 minutes a woman is burnt to death over dowry
1/4th of the "reported rape cases" involve girls under the age of 16 but vast majority of the cases are never reported. Half of the total number of crimes against women related to molestation and harassment at workplace. Eve teasing is a euphemism used for sexual harassment or molestation of women by men. Many activists blame the rising incidents of sexual harassment against women on the influence of "western culture"[Kurukshetra, September 2008]. Several laws have been passed, Supreme court has issued guidelines, commissions on women empowerment were setup, but still, the number of crime against women reported are heart breaking. Take a look. Remember, these numbers are from official records, the actual number of crime against women may be much more than that. Several incidents never gets reported.

Incidents of Crime against women registered with Police authorities during 2001-2006

Crime head    2001    2002    2003    2004    2005    2006
Rape 16075 16373 15847 18233 18359 19348
Kidnapping &Abduction 14645 14506 13296 15578 15750 17414
Dowry death 6851 6822 6208 7026 6787 7618
Torture (Cruelty by husband and relatives) 49170 49237 50703 58121 58319 63128
Molestation 34124 33943 32939 34567 34175 36617
Sexual harassment 9746 10155 12325 10001 9984 9966
Importation of girls 114 76 46 89 149 67
Sati Prevention Act 1987 0 0 0 0 1 0
Immoral Traffic (prevention) Act 1956 8796 6598 5510 5748 5908 4541
Indecent representation of women (prevention) Act 1986 1052 2508 1043 1378 2917 1562
Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 3222 2816 2684 3592 3204 4504
TOTAL 143795 143034 140601 154333 155553 164765
Source:Crime in India 2006, National Crime Records Bureau

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