An amendment to the Indian Penal Code, enforcing stringent penalties for crimes against women, seems to have done little to make women feel safe in the state. With crimes against women in the state on the rise, the long arm of the law is yet to catch up with perpetrators in the state.
According to official sources, while the total number of rape cases registered in the state during 2012 stood at 393, the figure touched 498 at the end of December 2013.
The same is the trend with atrocities against women: 3,547 cases were reported at the end of last year, an increase by 100 cases when compared to 2012’s figures.
While 1,890 dowry harassment cases were registered in 2012, the number climbed to 2,110 the following year.
Expressing concern over the increase in the numbers, senior Congress leader and MLC Motamma said “lack of knowledge about the legislation might be one of the several reasons for the alarming record of crimes against women”.
Emphasising that there is a need to create awareness about the law in schools and colleges, she said organising seminars and workshops across the state and dissemination of information on the legislation may help bring down crime rates.
Lalrukomo Pachau, Director General of Police, held “widening of the definitions of rape and assault” as one of the many reasons for the rise in atrocities against women.
Maintaining that crimes against women are being treated seriously by the department, the chief of the state police said: “We are maintaining utmost transparency right from the level of registering the cases followed by investigation. Tackling the rape cases is complicated as it involves many dimensions,” he added.