Bangalore: When it comes to crimes against women, the other parts of the state are not lagging behind the capital, which stood second after Delhi in the NCRB report released recently. In the last five years the number of crimes against women — atrocities, outraging the modesty of women, murder, chain snatching, etc. — has doubled in Karnataka. According to the NCRB report, Karnataka stands 10th in the country in terms of crimes against women, while Delhi again occupies the first position.
In 2007, a total of 897 cases of crimes against women were registered in Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad and Mangalore. But just in the first six months of this year, the number touched 821. In the current year, chain snatching tops the list of crime against women with 359 cases being registered, followed by atrocities (328), murders (71) and outraging the modesty of women (63), Deputy CM and Home Minister R Ashok told the Legislative Council on Tuesday.
Ashok was responding to a Calling Attention Motion moved by Congress member Motamma on the issue of safety of women. “The increased awareness among women and the liberal filing of cases by the police are the main reasons for increase in the number of cases in the last five years,” Ashok said.
According to the NCRB report, Karnataka stands 10th in the country in terms of crimes against women.
Admitting that crimes against women were increasing, Ashok said that in the next 15 days he would convene a meeting of senior police officers to discuss the issue and take measures to ensure the safety of women. He said the government had taken some measures to curb the trend by recruiting 3,000 women constables, tracking inter-state gangs operating in the state, increasing patrolling, creating separate Human Trafficking Cells in Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad and Mangalore, besides creating awareness among people.