#Crimes Against #Women on the Rise in #Andhra #Pradesh

Dec 31, 2013

There was a marked increase in the number of sexual assault cases in Andhra Pradesh in 2013, state police chief B. Prasada Rao said Tuesday.

The number of rape cases went up by over 20 percent while cases of outraging the modesty of a woman rose sharply by over 47 percent.

Director General of Police Rao attributed this to the registration of cases by police immediately after receiving complaints from victims.

Earlier, cases were registered after verification of the complaints.

During the year, police registered 1,016 cases under the Nirbhaya Act, the stringent law passed by parliament this year to check crimes against women.

Till November, 1,434 rape cases were registered against 1,191 cases in 2012. Police also registered 5,624 cases of outraging of modesty till November while this number stood at 3,821 last year, Rao said at a year-end news conference here.

Overall crimes against women showed an increase of over 15 percent during 2013. Their number stood at 25,998 this year against 22,585 till November in 2012.

There were 133 dowry murders, 437 dowry deaths and 662 murder cases during the year, a slight decline in all three categories compared to the 2012 figures.

The police chief said they were taking various measures to check crimes against women. These include improving visible policing, installation of CCTV cameras and better enforcement of the Nirbhaya Act.

The state has 32 women police stations and police have sent a proposal to the government for opening 131 more such police stations.



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