Rape, molestation incidents go up in J&K

The incidents of rape and molestation have gone up in Jammu and Kashmir. In past five years over 7000 cases of molestation and 1600 cases of rape have been reported.

The annual report released by the Crime Branch of police shows that since 2014 there has been a rise in cases of rape and molestation in J&K.

In 2014 police have registered 1410 cases of molestation – 383 cases in Jammu and 1027 in Kashmir division.

Looking at the figures the highest number of cases of molestation were reported from Srinagar at 218, followed by Kulgam 171, Anantnag 123, Baramulla 83, Sopore 83, Jammu 81 and Handwara 80.

In 2015, however, the cases of molestation showed a marginal dip. The number of such cases dropped to 1341 – a drop of 69 cases.

Next year also, the official report says, the number further went down to 1231.

But in 2017 there was significant jump in the numbers of molestation. A total of 1422 cases of molestation were reported by police. This time the highest number of cases was reported from Srinagar 229, Anantnag 100 and Jammu 100.

And in 2018, there was addition of 178 more cases as compared to last year. The Crime Branch has reported 1600 cases of molestation in 2018. The highest so far in five years.

In Jammu region 416 cases of molestation were reported from all the ten districts, and in Kashmir, where the most number of such cases were reported, a total of 1184 cases were registered by Police with district Srinagar and Budgam topping the list of crimes against women.

Similarly, the police statistics depict that there has been a steady rise in cases of rape also. Since 2014, the police figures reveal that 1602 cases of rape have taken place in J&K.

In Jammu, however, more cases of rape have been reported as compared to Kashmir.

In 2014, 238 cases of rape were reported in Jammu and in the same year 120 cases were reported in Kashmir.

Similarly, 210 cases of rape were registered by police in 2015 in Jammu and 123 such cases were reported in Kashmir. Much in the similar way 278 cases of rape were reported in J&K in 2016 – 188 in Jammu and 90 in Kashmir.

The report further states that 322 cases of rape were reported by police in 2017 and 359 in 2018. In last two years 681 cases have been reported – 414 in Jammu and 267 in Kashmir.