Bhubaneswar: More than 15,000 rape cases have been registered in Odisha during past three years, from 2019 to 2022, Minister of State (MoS) for Home, Tusharkanti Behera told Odisha Assembly on Monday.
While giving a written reply to a question asked by Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja, the Minister said a total of 15,713 rape cases have been registered between 2019 and 2022 in Odisha.
Of the total cases registered, in 10,129 cases women were the victims while 5,584 sexual assaults cases against minors were reported, he said.
While 4,585 rape cases were registered in 2019, 4,630 cases recorded in 2020. The state has witnessed a steep rise in the rape cases in 2021 with 5,198 cases. This year till April, Odisha has registered 12,300 rape cases, Behera said.
Our of the total rape ceases reported in the period, 1,635 minor rape cases were registered in 2019, while the state had witnessed 1,646 minor rape cases in 2020 and 1871 in 2021.
In 2022 (till April), 868 rape cases have been registered of which 432 cases are sexual assaults against minors.
Similarly, the state has also registered 3,756 dowry torture and 341 dowry homicide cases in 2019, whereas, 320 dowry homicide and 3,759 dowry torture cases were reported in the next year (2020), Behera informed the House.
In 2021, 293 dowry homicide and 4,953 dowry torture cases against women were reported in Odisha. Moreover, 1,442 dowry torture and 85 dowry related homicide ceased registered till April of 2020, he added.
The state has witnessed a steep rise in non-dowry related torture against women during the last three years. While 2,532 such cases were reported in 2019, the cases increased to 3,153 in 2020 and 4,889 in 2021. Besides, 1,430 non-dowry torture cases against women were recorded in Odisha during first four months of the current year.