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60 domestic violence complaints registered monthly in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 02: Women’s Police Station at Rambagh receives 60 complaints of domestic violence every month.
According to the official records at the police station, in the year 2017, 650 complaints of domestic violence case were registered, and the number is increasing.
In the first month of this year, around 53 domestic violence cases and three FIRs were also lodged.
A senior official at the Rambagh police station said that the domestic violence cases and matrimonial disputes are very common in Kashmir.
He said that they are lodging at least two to three FIRs per month.
“In the beginning of this year we have lodged three FIRs under section 498A, 406 and 506. We have seen cases of domestic violence in which husbands are beating their wives and in some cases in-laws are also involved. There are also cases in which husband and wife are fighting for gold jewellery,” he said.
Abdul Majeed, an official in the police station said that they receive domestic violence complaints from Budgam, Ganderbal and mostly from the Srinagar District.
“We have a helpline here. People who are facing problems are calling us. Once they approach us, we call both the parties. We also do counselling here,” he said.
The police station has received 650 complaints of domestic violence in the last year.
“In 2017, we have filed around 33 cognizable registrations,” he said.
Khalida Parveen, Station House Officer (SHO) at Women’s Police Station, said, “I am trying my best to solve every type of case. We are receiving mostly domestic violence cases. Matrimonial dispute is a serious concern. I do counselling of both husband and wife along with their families. Some cases are being solved here and some cases do not improve.”
According to the officials, the cycle of violence is breaking the endurance of women and most of them just want to leave the abusive relationships.
“We have seen the growing number of cases of cruelty by husbands, in-laws and of dowry deaths,” said an official.