Agartala: Tripura reported an 18.41 per cent drop in 2020 in crimes against women compared to 2019, said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on the fourth day of the Budget session of the Tripura Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday.

Deb said the state is taking extensive measures to curb crimes against women through the use of ERSS (Emergency Response Support System) and Beat System.

The Chief Minister, who also holds the Home portfolio, was responding to a question raised by CPIM MLA and former minister Bijita Nath.

Nath highlighted the need for action against the increase in violence against women in the state, including a minor’s rape in Chhantail Gram Panchayat of Kailashahar subdivision.

Deb said that on March 14, around 10 am, Mohammad Ali (32), a resident of the Kailashahar police station, was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. The case was registered under Section 37 (2) (j)/ 376 (I) / 506 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

In two districts of the state, namely the West and Gomati districts, measures are being taken to curb crimes against women by recruiting female police volunteers and undertaking a pilot project.

The Chief Minister said that compared to 2019, there has been a 15.4% decrease in rape, 21.3% in molestation, 20.3% in the abduction of women, 39.5% in dowry-related deaths, 21.2% in female abuse and 40% in eve-teasing in 2020. 

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