Tripura Commission for Women chairperson Barnali Goswami (right) addressing a press conference in Agartala Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: Tripura Commission for Women (TCW) chairperson Barnali Goswami on Tuesday claimed that crime against women has decreased by 7-12% within a year of her taking charge of office.

Speaking with reporters on Monday afternoon, Goswami said that the state has witnessed a massive change soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT) government came to power in March 2018.

“After the formation of the new TCW on July 9 last year, about 558 people have registered cases with us, while 377 suo moto cases were registered by the commission. Counseling was done for 1,250 cases in the last one year, of which over 50% cases were disposed of after counseling,” Goswami said.

“The government has given a free hand to TCW and therefore even the high-profile cases like that of Dhananjoy Tripura, the sitting MLA of the ruling IPFT, was easily dealt with by the commission. After investigation and recording the statement of the victim, the MLA was served notice to be present here in front of the commission. Later on, they got married and the ongoing family issues were also solved,” Goswami added.

The commission also started door-to-door campaigns last month from Teliamura and it will soon be followed in all the eight districts of the state. “The campaign has helped us reach the people at their doorstep and discuss issues, if any,” she said.

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“The number of cases has increased and it is not that in the past no crime took place, but it is because now people know that they can have faith over the commission to get justice, which was not possible during the last two decades,” Goswami added.

Further, she said that the number of child assault cases registered from July last year to July this year has been 558 and crime against women has also decreased by about 7-12%.

Commenting on the major issues behind crimes against women, Goswami said that women, both in remote villages and cities, are not safe anymore. “The mentality and thought process of men remain the same everywhere. The crime rate is both equal in lower and higher economy classes,” she added.

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