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Crime
Kerala registers 4,269 crimes against women till April 2015
20-07-2015

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported 391 cases of rape and 1,380 complaints of molestation of women till April this year, despite the intense awareness campaigns and strict monitoring against gender exploitation in the state.

According to the latest crime statistics by Kerala Police, as many as 4,269 crime cases, including kidnapping, eve-teasing, dowry deaths, cruelty by husbands or in-laws and other offences, besides rape and molestation, have been registered in the state till April 2015.

A total of 1,354 cases have been registered in connection with cruelty by husband or in-laws while 108 cases of eve-teasing, 43 cases of kidnapping, two of dowry deaths and 991 cases of other offences were reported during the initial four months of this year, it said.

The most number of rape cases were reported in northern district Malappuram—51. Coincidentally, the sexual molestation of a 12-year-old girl with the support of her mother and stepfather in Kottakkal in Malappuram district had triggered uproar in the state recently.

As per the figures, Thiruvananthapuram (rural) and high range Palakkad figure in the second and third positions in the number of rape cases—46 and 32 respectively.

While most number of molestation cases was reported in Thiruvananthapuram (rural)-221, the highest number of cases connected to the cruelty by husband/in-laws was registered in Malappuram (199), it said.

In 2014, as many as 13,880 crime cases had been reported, which included 1,283 complaints of rape, 4,356 molestations and 4,810 cases of cruelty by husbands/in-laws.

The police statistics also said as many as 238 cases of rape and 43 cases of kidnapping and abduction had been reported against children in the state till this April. (With inputs from agencies)

font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>The DCP said that on July 14, a complaint was lodged at Begumpur police station of a minor girl missing. During a search, the girl’s body was found in an abandoned house.

Police also found a driving licence issued in the name of a man named Sunny, who at that time was being interrogated in another case in Kanjhawala police station.

Sunny revealed that he recently had a scuffle with Ravinder Kumar, who ran away with his motorbike and also snatched his driving licence.

“We launched a manhunt and nabbed Ravinder Kumar from Kanjhawala area. On being questioned, Ravinder confessed to having murdered many more children earlier,” the DCP said.

Last year, Ravinder Kumar was arrested for assaulting a minor boy in Begumpur. He abducted the boy near his house and then fled after slitting his throat.

He assumed the boy was dead, but he was saved as police found him bleeding in a septic tank of an under-construction building, the DCP said. (With agency inputs)