Kochi: The crime against women recorded an all time high in the state in 2016 with over 14, 000 cases registered at various police stations with Thiruvananthapuram (1,644 cases) topping the list followed by Ernakulam (1,419) Malappuram (1406) . While Thiruvananthapuram district recorded the maximum cases for rape (204), Ernakulam recorded a total of 91 kidnapping cases, the highest. “The year 2016 recorded a total number of 14,061 cases for atrocities against women as against 12,383 the previous year. After a dip, the crime against women has risen sharply. A total of 1,644 cases were lodged with rape charges and another 4,035 for molestation and 157 for kidnapping,” according to latest figures released by the Kerala Police.
The Ernakulam district recorded the second largest number of crimes against women with 1,419 cases. Wayanad was comparatively the safest for women with only 431 cases. Kottayam and Idukki districts too recorded 500 and 510 cases respectively. A total of 157 kidnapping cases (with women as victims) were recorded in 2016. There were also 332 cases for eve-teasing and 24 for dowry-death. The year 2016 also saw the crime against children registering a sharp increase – 2,899 as against 2,384 last year and 549 in 2008. A total of 7,07, 541 cases were registered across the state last year as against 6,54, 008 the previous year. As many as 299 murder cases, 242 abduction cases and 620 attempt to murder cases too were registered last year.