Increase in Domestic Violence against Women

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From the beginning of lockdown due to Covid 19 pandemic, the National Commission for Women (NCW) launched an Ad campaign through electronic media and social media inviting women who have suffered any kind of violence to come forward and report it. Further, in addition to handling complaints received through regular modes, NCW has also launched a WhatsApp number 7217735372 on 10.04.2020 for reporting domestic violence cases. The additional modes provided by NCW facilitated reporting of cases, including from women who had been experiencing violence at home for past several years. The complaints received by NCW are acted upon by coordinating with victims, police and other authorities to provide necessary assistance.

The month-wise and State-wise data indicating number of complaints registered with NCW under the category “Protection of women against domestic violence”, received from March 2020 till 20th September, 2020 is given at Annexure “I”. Month-wise and State-wise data of total complaints registered/ received by NCW relating to crime against women and deprivation of their rights, since March, 2020 is given at Annexure-II.

‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects under the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India. Maintenance of law and order, protection of life and property of citizens including prevention of domestic violence against women is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. Nevertheless, giving high priority to safety of women, the Central Government has also taken a number of initiatives in this regard during the last six months. The Government has ensured that their schemes of One Stop Centres (OSCs), Universalisation of Women Help Line (WHL), Ujjawala Homes, SwadharGreh, Emergency Response Support System (112) and various authorities under women centric laws such as ‘The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005’, ‘The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961’, ‘The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006’ etc. remain operational and available for providing assistance to women during the aforesaid period. The Government has also undertaken sensitisation programs for the concerned officials of States and UTs for this purpose.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in Rajya Sabha today.

Annexure-I

The State-wise and month-wise data indicating number of complaints registered with NCW under the category “Protection of Women against domestic violence”, received during the last six months, i.e. from March 2020 till 18th September, 2020

 

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State March April May June July August September

(till 20.09.2020)

Received through Whasapp Total
1 Andhra Pradesh 1 2 1 1 5 4 3 13 30
2 Assam 4 6 3 2 2 14 31
3 Bihar 6 20 31 31 43 29 16 78 254
4 Chandigarh 1 1 3 1 2 8
5 Chhattisgarh 3 5 1 4 3 5 1 12 34
6 Dadar&Nagar Haveli 4 4
6 Delhi 63 60 94 76 119 115 76 181 784
7 Goa 1 1 1 2 5
8 Gujarat 6 4 6 11 2 8 1 17 55
9 Haryana 22 13 15 27 41 19 17 75 229
10 Himachal Pradesh 3 4 4 5 2 2 2 7 29
11 Jammu and Kashmir 1 1 2 6 3 3 6 22
12 Jharkhand 6 6 7 12 9 10 4 33 87
13 Karnataka 5 18 12 21 17 11 4 49 137
14 Kerala 2 5 2 4 3 3 1 13 33
15 Madhya Pradesh 4 17 7 16 36 18 5 46 149
16 Maharashtra 17 45 60 59 56 56 22 143 458
17 Manipur 1 1
18 Meghalaya 1 1
  Nagaland 1 1
19 Odisha 3 2 1 2 3 9 1 12 33
20 Pondicherry 1 1
21 Punjab 5 10 10 14 19 13 5 27 103
22 Rajasthan 10 15 8 11 30 27 5 67 173
23 Tamil Nadu 11 10 13 14 17 10 16 46 137
24 Telangana 4 4 7 9 7 5 15 51
  Tripura 2 2
25 Uttar Pradesh 110 47 85 110 208 163 55 190 968
26 Uttarakhand 3 3 6 12 13 3 11 51
27 West Bengal 10 16 19 16 24 12 5 80 182
28 Miscelleanous 297 297
  Total 298 315 393 461 660 537 243 1443 4350

 

Annexure-II

Month-wise and State-wise data of complaints registered/ received by NCW since March 2020

 

S.No. State March April May June July August September

(till 20.09.2020))

Domestic Violence complaints Received through Whasapp Total
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1 1
Andhra Pradesh 10 14 11 15 18 16 10 13 107
Arunachal Pradesh 1 1
Assam 7 10 6 7 5 7 1 14 57
Bihar 52 54 78 106 138 98 56 78 659
Chandigarh 4 3 2 6 7 7 4 2 35
Chhattisgarh 5 17 7 12 19 15 6 12 93
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 3 1 4 8
Daman & Diu 1 1 2 4
Delhi 154 128 217 240 338 278 167 181 1697
Goa 2 3 1 1 1 2 10
Gujarat 14 15 16 29 22 20 8 17 141
Haryana 76 40 73 103 181 117 67 75 731
Himachal Pradesh 5 6 9 11 9 7 6 7 60
Jammu and Kashmir 2 6 5 13 10 11 3 6 55
Jharkhand 11 13 19 36 37 31 19 33 199
Karnataka 26 35 56 53 45 40 18 49 322
Kerala 6 10 23 13 12 18 11 13 106
Lakshadweep 1 1
Madhya Pradesh 51 34 56 68 106 71 50 46 479
Maharashtra 52 95 118 156 127 116 58 143 865
Manipur 2 1 2 5
Meghalaya 2 1 2 1 6
Nagaland 1 1
Odisha 9 9 9 12 14 20 6 12 91
Pondicherry 2 3 5
Punjab 21 26 42 37 56 48 25 27 281
Rajasthan 48 39 83 82 118 96 40 67 572
Tamil Nadu 32 27 46 64 47 41 39 46 341
Telangana 17 10 20 23 22 19 8 15 134
Tripura 2 2 4
Uttar Pradesh 699 159 530 876 1,461 966 600 190 5,470
Uttarakhand 17 9 21 33 55 41 15 11 201
West Bengal 24 36 47 43 55 41 18 80 342
Miscellaneous 297 291
Total 1,347 800 1,500 2,043 2,914 2,128 1,235 1443 13,410

 

 

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