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RWC: Crimes against women on rise in state

India on 06 August 2013
Location : Rajasthan, India | Source : Hindustan Times. Image Source: Hindustan Times

BARMER: Rajasthan Women Commission chairperson Ladkumari Jain said though crimes against women were on rise, the state police were not taking it seriously.

61 cases of atrocities against women, including domestic violence, land dispute and pension were taken up during a special hearing programme by Rajasthan Women Commission (RWC) at Jaisalmer on Tuesday.

Holding a day-long meeting in Jaisalmer, Jain directed the superintendent of police (SPs) and director of social justice and empowerment to expedite cases of domestic violence, pension and atrocities against women, which are pending for years.

Addressing an awareness meeting later in the day, Jain said women should get free justice under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

She urged the police to add section 304 of IPC in dowry cases. She said an accused gets away easily because cases are being registered only under section 498 of IPC, which deals with enticing, taking away or detaining a married woman with criminal intent. Jain said to stop crime against women, gender mentality has to be changed. Women should not only be aware about their rights but also educate their daughters, she added. Barmer district collector Bhanu Prakash Yeturu, superintendent of police Rahul Bareth, Zila Pramukh Madan Kaur, MLA Barmer Mevaram Jain, Municipal council chairperson Usha Jain, Barmer additional district collector Arun Purohit, sub divisional magistrate Vinita Singh and other officials from the state government department were present. The RWC chairperson also flagged-off a rally against child marriage organised by Urmul Trust and UNICEF, according to an official statement

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