By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 13: Are women safe in Guwahati, a city that has been under a police commissionerate for over a year? Crimes against women have been scaling newer heights every year in Guwahati, as though in the age-old hide-and-seek game between the police and crimils, the latter have elbowed out the former. The Congress had been in power in the State during the period taken into consideration in this report.
The cases of atrocities on women, from girls to old women, have been rampant in the city. According to statistics obtained from none other than the police there have been 8,934 cases against atrocities on women in the city from 2006 to 2015. It is, however, pertinent to make a mention that this figure is based on incidents of atrocities on women for which complaints were lodged in various police stations in the city. There may be thousands of such incidents that went unreported.
Let us see what numbers say. Since this reporter has obtained all these numbers from none other than the police, he has to rely on the popular saying ‘numbers never lie’.
In accordance with the statistics obtained from different police stations in the city, from 2006 to 2015 there have been as many as 2,532 incidents of atrocities on women by their husbands or other members in families, 2023 incidents of abduction of women, 1,523 cases of women’s modesty being outraged, as many as 1,096 rape cases, 95 cases of supplying of women, 87 deaths of women in the houses of their in-laws for their parents’ failure to pay dowry, 325 cases of maid servants being harassed, 895 cases of child labour and physical and mental torture on teege girls, 358 women falling prey to cyber crimils, etc.
The number of cases relating to abduction of women was the highest in 2014 with as many as 795 cases against 327 in 2013 and 352 in 2011. The number of cases against outraging the modesty of women was 180 in 2006, 170 in 2008, 210 in 2010 and 223 in 2013. There has been an abnormal rise in the number of rape cases. It was 89 in 2012, 107 in 2013 and 116 in 2014.