Kerala registers 4,269 crimes against women till April 2015
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
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
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
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
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)