J&K has witnessed an increase in crimes against women during the past two years, a report by state Crime Branch (CB) has revealed.
In 2017, at least 3363 cases of atrocities against women were registered by police. These included cases of kidnapping, abduction, rape, molestation, dowry, cruelty by husband and other crimes.
In its latest Crime Gazette the CB has said the number of such cases grew to 3623 last year, an increase of 260 cases compared to the situation in 2017.
In 2018, as per the report, 1602 cases of molestation and 354 cases of rape were registered by police across all districts of J&K. The number of rape cases reported in 2017 was 314.
In a worrying trend, 1079 cases of abduction and kidnapping were registered in 2018, showing an increase of 119 cases, compared to 2017.
Among all the districts of Kashmir, Srinagar has the highest rate of crimes against women. The report says that 500 cases of such crimes have been reported in the summer capital Srinagar, followed by Jammu (357 cases) and Budgam (324 cases).
In Srinagar the cases of molestation and kidnapping have been on rise as well, compared to other districts.
The police have registered 266 cases of molestation and 127 cases of kidnapping/abduction in the district, the highest among all districts in Kashmir.
In Baramulla and Anantnag, 245 and 233 cases of crimes against women have been respectively registered by police last year.
In Rajouri 182 women lodged complaints of violence against them. These include 62 cases of molestation, 29 rape cases, 47 kidnapping cases and 35 cases of cruelty by husband or relatives of husband.
The Police have registered 168 cases of crime against women in Kulgam including 15 cases of rape, 49 cases of kidnapping and 94 cases of molestation. Similarly, 172, 171 and 156 such cases have been reported in Sopore, Kupwara and Udhampur respectively while the number of such cases registered by the police last year is 117, 108, 107 and 105 in Kathua, Ganderbal, Poonch andAwantipora districts.