Violence Against Women in India

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Andhra Pradesh and Delhi have a special place in annals of crimes against women in India in recent times. If we are to take a look at the statistics provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, Andhra Pradesh has figured consistently in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as the state with highest incidences of crime against women; and Delhi, similarly has figured as the city with highest incidences of crime against women in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Let me restate the figures and illustrate just a few preliminary findings.

Andhra Pradesh: Collated statistics for 2008-2010

A total of 76, 924 incidents of crime against women have been recorded from 2008-2010. This is the highest in India for a state and Andhra Pradesh topped this dubious list each consecutive year for three years till 2010. 2011 statistics are awaited.

As per categories of crime, crime against women constitutes the second or third largest category in crimes in Andhra Pradesh.

A total of 3,807 cases of rape have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 4.94% of total incidence of crime against women.

A total of 14,511 cases of molestation have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 18.86% of total incidence of crime against women.

A total of 11,633 cases of sexual harassment (eve-teasing) have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 15.12% of total incidence of crime against women.

Rapes, molestations and sexual harassment (eve-teasing) constituted 38.93% of crimes against women in Andhra Pradesh in 2008-2010.

Women in the age group of 18-30 years were most vulnerable to rape, followed by the women in age group of 14-18 years.

In all the 3,807 rape cases that had been recorded in Andhra Pradesh between 2008-2010, the offenders were known to the victims.The picture in Karnataka is better, with 18.2% of married women in this age group being subjected to physical violence, 3.2% to sexual assault and 6.9% to emotional domestic violence. But...
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