(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
Srinagar- Despite the alarming rise in dowry deaths that claims lives of 20 women everyday in the country, Kashmir valley has registered zero cases of dowry deaths in 2021 against a single case a year earlier, reveals Crime Gazette recently released by Jammu and Kashmir Police.
According to the data, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer, the region witnessed zero cases of dowry deaths in 2021 while one case of dowry related death was reported in 2020 in the region.
The data has also shown a marginal increase in dowry deaths in Jammu where 16 cases of dowry death were reported in 2021 against eight dowry deaths in 2020.
Pertinently, as per law, dowry deaths include Dowry related harassment—either murdered, or compelled to commit suicide.
As per data, Jammu city alone witnessed the highest number of dowry deaths in 2021 when numbers stood at 7.
3 dowry deaths were reported in Kathua, 4 in Samba and 2 in Rajouri. However, as per data, in 2020, Jammu had reported only 6 dowry deaths and 1 each in Kathua and Udhampur. In the same year, Awantipora district's lone case accounted for Kashmir's total dowry deaths.
As per National Crime Records Bureau's(NCRB) 2019 and 2018 report, J&K had reported 8 incidents of dowry deaths, claiming lives of 8 victims with a crime rate of 0.1 percent which itself substantiates that there has been a noticeable increase in cases of dowry deaths in J&K as compared to previous years. In 2016, the numbers were as low as six dowry deaths across J&K.
Notably, J&K had recorded a 15% increase in cognizable crimes in 2020 compared to 2019, a report by NCRB had revealed last year.
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