Domestic violence cases up 21% since lockdown

Law officers roped in to counsel victims, kin

Domestic violence cases up 21% since lockdown

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21

State law officers have been engaged by the government to counsel families where crime against women, including domestic violence, is being reported during the lockdown period.

Official figures reveal 21 per cent increase in the number of crime against women in the state, with 700 cases of domestic violence alone. The number of cases has risen from 4,709 to 5,695 since March, with domestic violence cases going up from 3,287 to 3,993 during the lockdown period.

Deputy Advocate General Deepika Deshwal, who is engaged in counselling of the victims, said women after being subjected to domestic violence suffered from depression and anxiety.

“During lockdown, I had been allocated the charge of women and child affairs in the state. Now, all complaints are being monitored through daily diary reports being shared by deputy commissioners of police on a daily basis. We are getting complaints of lactating mothers being separated from their newborns after domestic violence,” she said.

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