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Spurt in crimes against women in State

By SANJOY RAY
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GUWAHATI, Dec 25 - Women and children continue to remain unsafe in the State with the existing mechanism finding it tougher to arrest the rising trend in crimes committed against them.

Worse, in most of these cases, the investigating agencies could not make a case for themselves in the court of law as is evident by the abysmally low conviction rate.

Over 20,000 cases of crime against women (crimes directed specifically against women) were reported this year compared to 19,609 reported in the preceding year.

Similarly, till October this year, 1,386 minors, including girls, were reported missing from across the State, of which 760 could be reunited with their family members, while the remaining 626 minors continue to remain traceless.

In the preceding year, a total of 1,577 children went missing, of which only 791 could be traced.

Significantly, the number of cases related to rape of minors too has increased in the last 12 months. In the last two years, more than 4,000 cases of alleged rape of women, including children, were registered across the State.

Meanwhile, on the one hand, where crimes committed against the under-aged have gone up, Assam Police has also witnessed an upward graph of crimes committed by juveniles, official sources told The Assam Tribune.

Sources informed that in 2015 (till December 15), more than 120 cases related to crimes committed by juveniles were disposed off by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Guwahati alone, which include cases of both contested and uncontested nature.

It was also reliably learnt that nearly 65 cases of juvenile offences were transferred from Kamrup (Metro) in Guwahati to Amingaon JJB (Kamrup) for final disposal. In 2014, more than 500 cases were reported against juveniles and the trend continues to be the same in the current calendar year.

�Now that juveniles aged 16 years and above can be tried for heinous offences, the number of such crimes is likely to go up in the coming years,� a senior Assam Police official said.

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Spurt in crimes against women in State

GUWAHATI, Dec 25 - Women and children continue to remain unsafe in the State with the existing mechanism finding it tougher to arrest the rising trend in crimes committed against them.

Worse, in most of these cases, the investigating agencies could not make a case for themselves in the court of law as is evident by the abysmally low conviction rate.

Over 20,000 cases of crime against women (crimes directed specifically against women) were reported this year compared to 19,609 reported in the preceding year.

Similarly, till October this year, 1,386 minors, including girls, were reported missing from across the State, of which 760 could be reunited with their family members, while the remaining 626 minors continue to remain traceless.

In the preceding year, a total of 1,577 children went missing, of which only 791 could be traced.

Significantly, the number of cases related to rape of minors too has increased in the last 12 months. In the last two years, more than 4,000 cases of alleged rape of women, including children, were registered across the State.

Meanwhile, on the one hand, where crimes committed against the under-aged have gone up, Assam Police has also witnessed an upward graph of crimes committed by juveniles, official sources told The Assam Tribune.

Sources informed that in 2015 (till December 15), more than 120 cases related to crimes committed by juveniles were disposed off by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Guwahati alone, which include cases of both contested and uncontested nature.

It was also reliably learnt that nearly 65 cases of juvenile offences were transferred from Kamrup (Metro) in Guwahati to Amingaon JJB (Kamrup) for final disposal. In 2014, more than 500 cases were reported against juveniles and the trend continues to be the same in the current calendar year.

�Now that juveniles aged 16 years and above can be tried for heinous offences, the number of such crimes is likely to go up in the coming years,� a senior Assam Police official said.