Crime against women has increased substantially during 2009 and 2012. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed this to the Assembly on Monday in a written reply to a question from Shadu Nepak (Cong).
Other criminal cases including murder, dacoity, robbery and swindling have also increased during the period.
There has been a spurt in rape cases in 2012. The Chief Minister said 1,458 cases of rape were reported during the year against 1,023, 1,025 and 1,112 in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. The number of molestation increased to 4187 in 2012 from 3207 in 2011, while 2697 and 2905 cases were reported in 2009 and 2010 respectively, he said.
Naveen said cases of eve-teasing also increased from 210 in 2009 to 304 in 2012. While 1,250 murder cases were recorded in the State in 2009, the number increased to 1,548 in 2012. Similarly, dacoity cases increased to 501 in 2012 from 443 in 2009 while the number of robberies increased from 1,488 in 2009 to 1613 in 2012.
Replying to a separate question from Dushmanta Nayak (Cong), the Chief Minister said steps have been initiated by the Government to check crime against women.