Rape incidents on the rise in Assam

Guwahati: Official records of the Assam Police reveal that more than 10,000 girls and women have been raped in the state since 2010. Such crimes have been escalating over the years.

The records said that at least 1,721 rape cases had been registered in various police stations in 2010 followed by 2,011 cases in 2011.

"Though there was a slight fall in 2012 with some 1,716 rape cases registered, but it shot up in 2013 with 1,937 such incidents," the records said.

At least 2,780 cases were registered last year with an average seven women being raped in Assam daily.

This year too, such incidents are happening with regularity. On Saturday, three persons were sent to police custody on charges of gangraping a 17-year-old.

"The girl's family lodged an FIR complaining that Debojit Bora, Dhanjit Saikia and Sukumar Kalita had raped her. They were all staying at a rented house at Rajgharh area here," a policeman said.

Besides incidents of rape, women in the state face molestation on a daily basis. The police records too stated that at least 11,306 cases of molestation were registered in various police stations in Assam since 2010. "There were 1,611 molestation cases recorded in 2010. In the following year, it came down to 1,446 but went up to 1,840 in 2012. In 2013, at least 2,409 such cases were registered in the state. Last year, it had gone up to some 4,000," the records stated.