CRIME AGAINST WOMEN ON THE RISE

Every three minutes a woman becomes victim of a crime somewhere in India. The highest number becomes targets of their husbands and in-laws. A total of 185,312 incidents of crime against women were reported in the country during 2007

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Every three minutes a woman becomes victim of a crime somewhere in India. The highest number becomes targets of their husbands and in-laws. A total of 185,312 incidents of crime against women were reported in the country during 2007 as compared to 164,765 during 2006, an increase of 12.5 percent. The number of crimes committed against women has increased continuously during the last five years. In 2007, the highest number of crimes against women was recorded in Andhra Pradesh. According to the “Crime in 2007″ report of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) homes were far from being safe havens for women. Last year, 75,930 women became victims of torture and cruelty by their husbands and in-laws, accounting for the highest number of crimes against women”.  A report of Centre for Social Research, an NGO working for women’s rights says, aspiration for a high standard of living among young couples is an important reason behind rising family discord. There were 20,771 cases of rape reported in the country in 2007. In more than 90 percent of the cases, the victims knew the offenders. The highest number of rape cases was reported from Madhya Pradesh. Despite the rise in the number of crimes against women, the National Commission for Women is of the view that laws such as the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, the Dowry Prohibition Act and various sections in the Indian Penal Code are important legislative measures that provide protection and legal remedies to women.