Incidents of sexual assaults on women and minor girls are on the rise in Karnataka with as many as 525 rape cases reported in the first six months till June this year and the state government had hardened the laws against the heinous crime and other offences against women, Home Minister K J George informed the Legislative Council today. Replying to a question by Mahantesh M Kavatagimath (BJP), he said compared to 1030 rape cases reported in 2013, there were 525 such cases filed in the first six months of 2014. The state government has initiated several steps to arrest this trend, tightened the laws and spruced up the police and other departments to bring down the incidents. This has remained the top priority for the government, Mr George said. ‘The government is capable on cracking down on perpetrators of such incidents and the police force is able to do it,’ he assured the house. He said during 2013 the police had arrested 1405 accused and during 2014 and 587 have been nabbed. ‘The law and order situation in Karnataka is stable and suitable legal action is being taken against the accused, who are involved in cases like rape, sexual harassment, kidnap, dowry death, dowry harassment and other similar incidents,’ he stated.
The number of sexual harassment was 2357 so far during the current year compared to 3913 during previous calendar year. Kidnap and abduction cases were 926 till June this year (compared to 1836 in 2103), dowry deaths 159 (277) and dowry harassment cases at 1522 (3276). Bangalore City topped the cases with 53 rape cases reported till June this year and 59 have been arrested. This was followed by Belgaum which reported 30 cases and 44 arrested. The lowest was in back ward Chamarajanagar which reported just one case and no one has been arrested, Mr George said. ‘We are taking help of Self Help Groups and NGOs to create awareness against heinous crime like rape and ensure that all such incidents are reported to the police. It will be a testing scenario for the assaulted woman to report to the police, but we are seeking help from all quarters. The police are here to help the victims,’ he said. Mr George said the government had also initiated separate initiatives to crack down on human trafficking of woman and minor girls and set up separate units across the state.
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