GUWAHATI, Dec 24 - The Sakhi 181 women helpline service, a project of the Union government designed to help women in distress, has registered a total of 1,289 cases of different nature this year, witnessing a jump in almost all categories of atrocities against the fairer sex.
According to the data made available by the helpline service, this year it has received as many as 636 domestic violence cases from across the State. Among those cases, the highest 154 cases have been reported in the city, followed by 44 cases in Kamrup district and 37 cases in Lakhimpur district.
Last year, the helpline service registered 452 domestic violence cases and among those cases, the highest 129 cases were reported from Kamrup (Metro) district.
In the category of cybercrime, it has registered altogether 94 cases till December 23 compared to only 21 cases last year. According to the officials of the helpline service, the number of cybercrime cases increased drastically during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Among those cases, the highest 24 cases were reported in the city followed by Nagaon (7) and Dibrugarh (6) districts.
Moreover, the helpline service also registered as many as 247 cases of crime against women. Among them, the highest 73 cases were reported from the city followed by Kamrup (19) and Nagaon (14) districts. As per data, last year, altogether 100 such cases were registered by the helpline.
Furthermore, 97 cases related to crime against girls (below 18 years of age), 67 cases of crime against old women, 72 cases of human rights violation of women, 18 cases which fell under the purview of the Social Welfare department, 12 cases of sexual violence and eight cases of domestic violence related to live-in relationship, 21 cases related to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and 17 other cases were also registered by the helpline service in the current year.
Among the cases related to the POCSO Act, the highest four cases were reported from Sivasagar district followed by Dhemaji district (3).
In the category of human rights violation of women, the highest 27 cases have been reported in Kamrup (Metro) district followed by Lakhimpur district (6).
The helpline officials said in the current year, the number of cases related to human rights violation of women also increased drastically in comparison to the last year. As per data, in 2019, altogether 28 such cases were reported in Assam through the helpline service.