There was a 46 per cent rise in complaints of crimes towards ladies within the first eight months of 2021 over the corresponding interval of final 12 months, and over half of those had been from Uttar Pradesh, the National Commission for Women (NCW) stated.
NCW chief Rekha Sharma stated there was an increase within the complaints as a result of the fee has been frequently conducting consciousness packages as a result of which the general public is now extra privy to its work.
The NCW obtained a complete of 19,953 complaints of crimes towards ladies from January to August this 12 months, up from 13,618 within the corresponding interval of 2020, it stated.
In July, as many as 3,248 complaints had been obtained by the NCW which is the best in a month since June 2015, it added.
Of the 19,953 complaints, the best variety of 7,036 had been recorded below the appropriate to reside with dignity clause, adopted by 4,289 complaints of home violence and a pair of,923 complaints of harassment of married ladies or dowry harassment, the NCW stated.
The proper to reside with dignity clause takes into consideration the emotional abuse of girls.
As many as 1,116 complaints have been obtained relating to the offence of outraging modesty of girls or molestation, adopted by 1,022 complaints of rape and try to rape and 585 complaints of cyber crimes.
Among states and union territories, the best variety of complaints was obtained from Uttar Pradesh (10,084), adopted by Delhi (2,147), Haryana (995) and Maharashtra (974), the fee stated.
NCW chief Sharma stated the rise within the variety of complaints is due to elevated consciousness amongst ladies to report crimes.
“Also, the commission has always made it a point to launch new initiatives to help women. Keeping in line with this, we have launched a round-the-clock helpline number as well to provide support services to women in need where they can also register a complaint,” Sharma informed PTI.
Akansha Srivastava, founding father of the Akanksha Foundation which works for schooling and empowerment of individuals by imparting information on cyber security, stated the rise in complaints is because of extra consciousness amongst ladies to succeed in out for assist.
“When complaints rise it is a good thing because it means more women have the courage to speak up and there are platforms in place now and they are aware of where to report. People are reaching out now. Earlier women might not be coming forward to lodge their complaint…they didn”t know what they are going through is harassment but now they do, and they are coming forward to report which is a good thing,” she stated.