Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 25:
The White Paper of the Home department on law and order situation in Odisha, which was presented in the Assembly yesterday, has indicated an alarming rise in violence against women in the state.
As against 1,458 rape cases reported in the state in 2012, the number has jumped by nearly 26 percent to 1832 in 2013, the white paper said.
While the tribal dominated district of Mayurbhanj has topped the list with 142 cases of sexual assault, it is closely followed by Keonjhar with 112 cases and Baleswar with 90 cases of rape.
Out of a total of 1832 cases reported in 2013, 256 were cases where men had gone back on their promise of marriage after having sexual relationship with women.
The white paper has also mentioned that the state police, during 2013, had filed charges-sheet in 1161 cases of atrocities against women, of which 63 percent of these cases are related to rape.
While only five cases resulted in conviction, the accused were let off in 27 cases.
Of the 1,832 rape cases, 81 were reported in twin city commissionerate police alone.
The clarification of the Home department that the number of rape cases had gone up as each complaint on rape cases is now being registered in the police station following strict orders of the Centre, is a pointer that a number of such cases were not being registered earlier.
With regard to cognizable cases, 90,184 cases were reported in the state as against 83,960 and 73,630 cases in 2012 and 2011 respectively, It indicates that the crime rate had jumped by 7.4 per cent over 2012.
The increase was attributed to registration of more cases under dacoity, robbery, burglary, theft, swindling, rape and motor vehicle accidents with the case detection rate at 85.4 per cent.
However, there has been a marginal drop of six percent in the number of murder cases. While 1,548 murder cases were reported in 2012, 1,454 cases were reported last year in which 91 cases were from Mayurbhanj and 64 from Puri district.
Out of a total of 526 dowry related murder cases in 2013, investigation in 221 cases is not yet complete.
While there have been 82 cases of dowry related suicides during the period, 3054 dowry torture cases have been registered of which the police have filed charge-sheet in 1608 cases.
In terms of crime, there has been a massive rise of 35 percent in swindling incidents in 2013 with 2,204 cases compared to 1,633 in 2012.
The highest number of swindling and fraud cases were reported from Bhubaneswar urban police district with 256 cases followed by Baleswar district with 169 cases, the white paper pointed out.
The rate of dacoity in the state in 2013 has gone up by 12 percent. Out of a total of 562 cases of dacoity, Ganjam district topped the list with 42 cases followed by Baleswar (40), Brahmapur (39), Rourkela (32), Bolangir (27), Bhubaneswar (23), Koraput (20).
Of the 562 dacoity cases, 102 have taken place in houses, 93 on highways, three in banks, one in train and 74 in business establishments in which the police have arrested 2009 dacoits, the white paper has stated.