In comparison to 2014, Tripura has seen a massive 14 percent rise in cases of elopement. However, to even things out, there has been a massive decline in crimes against women.
‘All 106 cases of elopement were registered in the first eleven months of this year (January to November) in Tripura against 93 cases registered in the corresponding period of 2014 – an increase of 14 per cent’, police spokesman Uttam Kumar Bhowmik said.
Crimes against women: Statistics
Regarding the decline in crimes against women, the police official is of the view that the multi pronged steps undertaken by the State Government to curb violence against women has led to the same.
According to Bhowmik, the rape of women reduced by 16 per cent in first eleven months this year (January to November) compared to same period of 2014 (225 cases in 2014 and 189 cases in 2016) while dowry related deaths came down by 57.14 per cent (35 in 2014 and 15 in 2016).
Molestation, on the other hand declined by 53.78 in this period (437 in 2014 and 202 in 2016) and torture and harassment of married women in-laws house was dropped by 38.35 per cent (665 in 2014 and 410 in 2016).
Steps undertaken to ensure women safety
The police official believes community policing in Tripura has been a game changer of sorts. As part of the community policing the Tripura police has undertaken ‘Prayaas’ programme few years back to forge a strong police-public-partnership aiming to improve the delivery of law enforcement services to the community.
Besides ‘Prayaas’ programme, many initiatives were undertaken to check crime against women in Tripura. These include, setting up of seven all women police station across the state, toll free women help line 1091, women help desk in all the 76 police stations in the state, close monitoring of investigation and following up of trial in crime against women, enhancing representation of women in police force.