An average of 20 cases of ‘cruelty by husband’ were registered daily in the first three months of this year.
The period saw 1,855 cases of cruelty by husband registered in all, according to Assam Police records.
The number of cases of domestic violence is the highest among all categories of cases of crime against women in the state since 2005.
“From 2005 to March 2016, at least 56,896 cases of cruelty by husbands were registered in the state,” records stated.
The number of cases in the category has been on the rise.
“Around 2,200 cases of cruelty by husbands were registered in 2005. By 2015, this had risen to 9,553. Growing awareness about women’s rights has also encouraged more women to come out and file cases against atrocities by their husbands,” a state police official said, citing the records.
A recent study by a local NGO, North East Networks (NEN), working for women’s rights had also drawn attention to the horrifying situation in the state’s rural areas.
It found that 83.7% women were physically abused by family members, husbands or employers. The study also found that 34.1% women were forced into sexual intercourse.
Besides undergoing physical abuse, women in rural Assam have been found to be facing verbal abuse by their husbands or in-laws for not bearing a child, especially a male child.
“The pathetic reality is that women are just not safe and secure anywhere,” said a domestic violence victim.