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Crime against women on rise in Tripura
Published on 31 Aug. 2009 11:30 PM IST
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Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar informed the Assembly today that as many as 821 incidents related to atrocities against women were registered in Tripura during the 2008-09 financial year. Replying to a query, Sarkar stated that out of the total complaints, police had already submitted chargesheets against 765 cases and 32 were still under investigation. He urged the civil society to organise a movement against crimes against women. According to UNI report, he pointed out that according to Crime Record Bureau, Tripura ranked 21 in crimes committed against women in 2007 where as Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal had been recognised as top three respectively. However, the state government was trying to bring it down to zero. He also mentioned that 296 women, including 130 below 18 years, were raped in the past one and half years and cases had been filed against 380 people. In the past three years, over 455 women had gone missing from various parts of the state, Sarkar stated. Meanwhile, leader of Opposition Ratan Lal Nath flayed the Chief Minister over the increasing trend of crimes against women and pointed out that in 2006 the figure was only 471, in 2007 it rose to 545 and during 2008 the figure went upto 821 because of inefficiency of the police. Nath said conviction rate in Tripura was also gradually declining due to poor investigation over the past few years and stated, ‘’The conviction rate was 19 per cent in 2005 which reduced to 18 and 17 per cent in 2007 and 2008 respectively.’’ As per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) 2007, Tripuras position in law and order table was sixth, while in the matter of crimes against women, the state topped the list in 2006. ‘’Unfortunately, the guilty were not punished because the conviction rate here was only 17 per cent as against the national average of 42 per cent,’’ he added.

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