Thiruvananthapuram : The government will in no way compromise on safety for women; Maximum punishment shall be ensured for all culprits, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the Assembly on Thursday. The government aims for a society in which no woman shall become assaulted. The government is making needful interventions in that direction and is currently formulating newer schemes toward that goal, said CM responding to adjournment noticed presented by the Opposition’s Roji M John..
Citing incidents in northern states, it is claimed similar conditions exist in Kerala. This accusation is in total disregard for conditions prevalent here and is meant to whitewash whom?, asked CM.
In all incidents listed in adjournment motion, steps were taken to arrest the guilty, pointed out CM.
In the incident of assault on Kozhikode native, testimony from the girl victim has been recorded. All four culprits were arrested, charged under POCSO and Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe(Prevention of Assaults) Act, and legal proceedings initiated.
In the Malappuram case, where the underage boy attempted to rape the girl natived Kottukara, the culprit has been produced before Juvenile Justice Board.
The culprit who molested minor girl in Vithura has been arrested. Also arrested is culprit in Kottakal case, where the 17-year-old rape victim gave birth to a child.
Police in Kottayam arrested Chingavanum native over suicide of girl from Kurichi. Also arrested are culprit who raped a mentally-challenged girl in Kozhikode and the man who raped Kollam Karikode girl after lacing her juice with drugs.
Sexual crimes in the state between 2016 – 2021 have actually reduced in number. There were 15,114 cases of crime against women registered in 2016. That number fell to 12,659 in 2020.
Rape cases in 2017 stood at 2003. In 2020, it figured to 1880. Cases of other assaults in 2017 figured at 4413 while that number reduced to 3890 in 2020. There were 12 dowry-related deaths in 2017 as against 6 such occurrences in 2020, said CM.