The official answer to a question raised in the Legislative Assembly on the number of crimes in the State, has led to some interesting revelations. The question pertained to the crimes in Kerala between 2011 and 2015.
Is the State becoming safer for women?
Crimes against women in Kerala seem to have reduced. Dowry deaths were at a four-year low in the State with only 7 cases being registered in 2015. This is a significant decrease from 28 such cases in 2014. The highest number of dowry deaths was seen in 2012 with 32 cases being registered. The national figures for dowry deaths in India were 8,233, 8,083, and 8,455 in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively. Cases registered under cruelty by husband or relatives in Kerala have also come down to 3,664 in 2015. It was 4,919 cases in 2014 and 5,377 cases in 2011.