SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has said that government forces have been charged for seventy rapes since past the outbreak of armed struggle over two decades ago.
The number of rape and molestation cases against men in uniform is higher in Kashmir than Jammu.
Jammu and Kashmir Home Ministry informed the Legislative Assembly that from 1989 to 2013, government has registered 5125 cases of rape and 14,953 molestation cases against different culprits including men in uniform, militants and surrendered militants.
In a written reply to the query raised by CPI (M) legislator, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, the home ministry said it has registered 5125 cases of rape – 2601 in Kashmir and 2524 in Jammu, between 1989 and 2003. In the same period, 14953 cases of molestation were registered – 12215 in Kashmir and 2738 in Jammu province.
The government said 70 rape cases (41 in Kashmir and 29 in Jammu) and 55 cases of molestations (44 in Kashmir and 11 in Jammu) were committed by forces.
Police have 59 rape cases against its personnel (15 in Kashmir and 44 in Jammu) and 34 molestation cases (12 in Kashmir and 22 in Jammu).
Surrendered militants have three rape cases including— two of them in Kashmir.
In comparison, there are seven cases of rape registered against militants – four in Kashmir and three in Jammu, besides three cases of molestation—two in Jammu.
Besides forces and militants, government has booked 4986 men for committing rapes, 2446 in Jammu and 2540 in Kashmir while total number of persons booked for molestation is 14861 out of which 2703 belong to Kashmir province.
The government in its reply said that 664 rape allegations and 782 molestations registered between 1989 and 2003 were not admitted at all.
While 159 rape cases and 557 molestation cases are under investigation, total number of cases have challenged before the courts include 4237 rapes and 13499 molestation cases.
The home ministry said that 579 persons have been convicted in these rape and molestation cases, 313 in Kashmir and 266 in Jammu.