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Violence against women going down?


New Delhi : Complaints of attacks on women in the country have gone down sharply if official figures are any indication – from 4,505 recorded attacks in 2007 to 1,000 in 2010, parliament was informed Friday.

In a written reply to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kamlesh Paswan in the Lok Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said during 2007 to 2010 the National Commission for Women (NCW) instituted committees to enquire into specific incidents relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, burning and harassment and beating up by police.

As per the report provided by the NCW to the state governments in 2007, a total of 4,505 complaints were reported. In 2008, there were 4,262 complaints, 3,557 in 2009 and 1,000 attacks were reported till Aug 6 this year.

The cases reported in 2007 included 2,768 complaints on dowry harassment and cruelty, 2,025 complaints of dowry harassment in 2008, 1,535 such complaints in 2009 and 332 such cases were recorded in 2010.

According to the data given by the NCW, there were no report on incidents of acid attack or attempt of murder reported from any of the states in 2010.

“Action on complaints is taken by expediting and monitoring investigations by the police, resolution of matrimonial disputes through counselling and constitution on inquiry committee for serious and heinous crimes,” the minister stated.