NHRC concerned over crime against women in Assam

May 29th, 2012 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, May 29 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday expressed concern over the rise in crimes against women in Assam but described the situation as better on the issue of rights violations.

“The data available with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that Assam is ranked second in the country in the category of crime against women. Most of the cases are related to kidnapping, rape and cases of domestic violence under section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” said NHRC chairman Justice K.G. Balakrishnan.

The NHRC described the situation in the state better on the issue of human rights in comparison to other states in the country.

Expressing concern over spurt in crime against women, he said: “Increasing cases of domestic violence indicates that women in Assam are becoming more aware about their rights, the high number of cases of kidnappings and rape are of concern.”

The Commission held a two-day camp sitting at the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited House in Guwahati since Monday and heard about 50 cases, which were pending.

To contain the increasing number of crime against women, the NHRC Chairman, observed that the state government should concentrate on addressing social issues like the health.

NHRC member Satyabrata Pal mentioned that the women in this part of the country enjoy special status as there is no dowry system and no purdah (veil) system exists in this part of the country.

The NHRC member, however, pointed out that Assam is not doing well as far as the IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) and MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate) are concerned.

“There is no reason for high IMR and MMR in Assam but it is high in Assam,” he said and added that the government should intervene to contain the high IMR and MMR here.

The Commission also said that the cases it took up mainly related to bonded labour, prison reforms and crime against women etc.

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