Crimes against women increased by 24 per cent in Vizag Rural this year

There has been a marked increase of 44 per cent in rioting and rapes by 42 per cent. Overall, the crimes against women increased by 24 per cent in the district in 2020

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  28 Dec 2020 2:50 PM GMT
Crimes against women increased by 24 per cent in Vizag Rural this year

Visakhapatnam: Crimes against women increased by 24 per cent in rural Vizag district in 2020 when compared to the previous year. There has also been a 2.35 per cent increase in bodily offenses, said Superintendent of Police B. Krishna Rao, while announcing the annual review on law and order in his office in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

However, he said, there hasn't been much violence against women during the lockdown period and subsequent months, unlike other places.

Giving further details during the review, Krishna Rao said there has been a marked increase of 44 per cent in rioting and rapes by 42 per cent. Overall, the crimes against women increased by 24 per cent in the district in 2020, he said.

Paying tributes to the four police personnel who succumbed to Covid-19, the SP said that 2020 was a challenging year for many but the police personnel were at the forefront to contain the spread of Covid-19 and in the process, 499 police personnel got exposed to the virus in the district.

The annual data highlighted that a total of 12,875 incidents of crime, including 8,235 Covid-19 lockdown violations cases were recorded in 2020 while the number of crimes in 2019 was 6,982.

A total of 739 bodily offenses in the district in 2020 including 29 murders, 61 incidents of an attempt to murder, 42 incidents of rioting, 18 incidents of kidnapping, 64 incidents of rape and 32 incidents of grievous hurt were registered. The number of bodily offenses in 2019 was 722.

In crimes against women, a total of 459 cases were reported in 2020, such as 146 cases of domestic violence, 29 cases of cheating in the name of marriage and 249 incidents of harassment.

Krishna Rao said that out of the total reported rape and POCSO cases in the district, accused in 45 per cent of cases were charged within 30 days of registering the case and in one case under the POCSO Act at Kotauratla police station limits, the chargesheet was filed within a week.


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