AAP’s Sheema Farooqi seeks check on rising crime against women

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Nov 24: Aam Aadmi Party’s state spokesperson Sheema Farooqi has stressed the need to ensure proper implementation of women safety norms in Jammu and Kashmir to keep a check on rising crime against women.
In a press statement, Sheema Farooqi said that Kashmir is considered to be the Heaven on Earth and had been regarded as one of the safest lands in India where rate of crime remained very low previous, especially towards the women.
” But it is very unfortunate that since past few years, the rate of crime against women in J&K has abruptly increased and as per a report published last year, crime against women in J&K has increased upto 15.62 percent, which is a very alarming state and needs an immediate check,” she said, adding that safety was supposed to be the first condition by the administration since the removal of Art 370 but we have only seen otherwise.
There are reports that 315 cases of rape, 1,414 incidents of attempt to rape and 14 dowry deaths were lodged in 2021 with as many as 1,851 cases also registered in connection with assault on women with the intention to outrage their modesty. Of these, 14 cases were reported from shelter homes for women and children, and five rape cases were reported in custody. The conviction rate remained low as only 95 people were awarded sentences while cases under investigation touched 6,275 by the end of last year as per the National Crime Records Bureau.
AAP leader said that the Government needs to provide facilities to the women to be able to easily report the crime, without psychological pressure and Women Police Stations should be made available in every block of every district of the Union Territory. “Strict measures should be taken against the perpetrators, the laws should be made stricter and actions by the administration should be more swift,” she added.
Sheema Farooqi further said that, the non-conviction of the accused is the prime reason for the increasing crimes in our state. She suggested a number of remedial measures to deal with the problem, such as online procedures of reporting the crime, door to door awareness campaigns, training to women police, councilling in schools etc. Social policing and citizen reporting may also be a very effective way of dealing with such social crimes, she added.