Guwahati/ 30th June’2017 (Prag News Desk): The times they are changing so are changing the pattern of crimes in Assam.
In the last four decades, more than 90 per cent of the rape cases reported in the State, the accused are known to the victims. It is a disturbing fact that majority of the murder case victims are people of the age group of 18 to 35 years, most of these cases reported in the city vicinity.
Be it the gruesome Boithalangso’s rape and murder of the teenager or the recent molestation in Abhyapuri or the infamous MMS of Rangia, the changing pattern of crime in the State since 1974 has experienced major shifts in the pattern of crimes over the years.
Civil disobidience that resulted in the Assam Movement in 1979, today, crimes involving public order and economic offences have become more prominent which often have disturbing consequnces.
One part of of these crimes is economic liberalization leading to increase in economic offenses and public agitation. Media too comes as a potential tool, a reponsible explosive that may result to results, both good to worse.
Here, noticable is crimes like domestic abuse, violence are reported more in the creamy layer of the society (mostly unreported), crimes like theft, smuggling, rape often involves the section downtrodden in the society.
It is unfortunate that Assam is still ranked high in cases of violence due to kidnapping and crimes against women. The number of homicide cases in the State has come down since 2000, but majority of the murder cases were committed due to property clashes.
It is a disturbing fact that the number of dowry related cases are also increasing since the 1990s, prime reasons for murders in the State include dowry, love affairs, etc. Majority of the murder victims were of the age group of 18 to 35 years.
There is an ardent need for creating gender sensitivity and awareness as majority of the rape cases in the State, the accused were relatives, friends, neighbours and other persons known to the victims.
These statistics are alarming, here the socio-economic and clean Assam vision of the State Government gets facedown with its biggest challenge- urban crimes.