Crimes against women and children are on the rise in the city, which reported 51 rape cases of children and 13 adults in 2021, compared to 46 and two, respectively, in 2020.
Addressing the media, the city police commissioner Pradip Kumar on Friday said their focus was on bringing down the crimes against women and children and ensuring their safety.
The city police have registered 77 cases under the Protection of Children
from Sexual Offences (Posco) Act in 2021, when 51 minor girls were raped and another 26 were sexually assaulted, compared to 69 – 46 rape and 23 molestation cases – in 2020. “We have seen an 11.6% increase in Pocso cases in 2021,” a police source said.
Crimes against women, meanwhile, shot up by 48% during the period. In 2021, the city has recorded 235 cases of various crimes against women – 13 rape cases, eight molestation cases, five abductions, 22 domestic violence cases, 132 cases under the
Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and 55 cases under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act – compared to 158 in 2020. Police have arrested the accused in all these cases.
There weren’t, however, any dowry deaths in the city police limits in the past two years. “We are adopting a prevention and punishment strategy in the case of crimes against women and children. Our priority is on ensuring the safety of women and children in the city,” Pradip Kumar said.
He said police officers would interact with children, their parents and staff of educational institutions to sensitize them on crimes against kids. “We hope such initiatives will help prevent the crime against children in the city.” Parents should be aware of watching their Children’s activities and keep them under vigilance.
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