SRINAGAR: At least 595 rape cases were registered in Jammu and Kashmir in last two years, the government figures reveal.
According to official figures, 213 rape cases were registered in Kashmir and Ladakh while 382 cases were registered in Jammu province in last two years.
Of the 213 rape cases in Kashmir and Ladakh in two years, 125 rape cases were registered by police in 2015 and 88 in 2016.
“193 rape cases were registered by police in Jammu province in 2015 and 189 in 2016,” the figures revealed.
Jammu and Kashmir, which comprises 22 districts – 10 each in Kashmir and Jammu and two in Ladakh, is presently ruled by woman Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. She took over as CM of the State on April 4 last year.
In Kashmir, border district of Kupwara witnessed highest number of 30 rapes, followed by South Kashmir’s Anantnag with 29 cases, Srinagar with 27 cases, Budgam with 23 cases, Kulgam with 17 cases, Baramulla with 15 cases, Sopore with 12 cases, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Shopian with 9 each, Bandipora with 8 cases, Handwara and Awantipora with 7 cases, Leh with 5 cases and one case in Kargil.
In Jammu province, 93 cases of rapes were registered in Jammu. It was followed by Rajouri with 70 cases, 33 in Udhampur, 27 in Kathua, 26 in Reasi, 24 each in Ramban and Poonch, 23 each in Doda and Kishtwar and 15 in Samba.
The government further disclosed that 827 cases of domestic violence were registered in the State in last two years.
Of the 827 cases, 368 cases of domestic violence were registered in Kashmir and Ladakh and 459 in Jammu province.
In Kashmir, highest numbers of 132 domestic violence cases were reported from Srinagar. It was followed by South Kashmir’s Anantnag district with 50 cases, 29 in Kupwara, 20 in Ganderbal, 19 in Kulgam, 18 in Shopian, 15 in Sopore, 14 in Budgam, 12 in Bandipora, 10 in Awantipora, 8 in Pulwama, 7 in Handwara and 1 in Kargil.
In Jammu provinces, higher number of 175 domestic violence cases were registered in summer capital Jammu, followed by 80 in Rajouri, 50 in Udhampur, 30 in Poonch, 20 in Ramban, 16 in Kishtwar, 14 in Samba and 10 in Doda.
The government has established six women police stations exclusively manned by women police in the State to deal with the cases of domestic and social violence against women. These police stations have been established in Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Jammu, Rajouri, Udhampur.