As many as 482 rape cases had been registered in Kerala in the first three months of this year, as per the crime statistics released by the State police earlier this week. Of these,159 victims were minors.

The figures show that on an average, five rape cases had been registered by the police each day between January and March. During the whole of last year, 1,474 rape cases were registered by the police in the State and 455 of the rape victims were minors.  

The district-wise break up of the statistics shows that out of the 323 women who were raped during the first quarter of this year, Thiruvananthapuram district topped the list with 41 rape cases, followed by Kollam with 39 rape cases. As many as 38 rape cases each were registered in Ernakulam and Kozhkode districts during the period. Pathanamthitta had the lowest, with six cases.

Seven dowry-related deaths had taken place in the State during the first three months of this year and Thiruvananthapuram district again topped the list with three such deaths. During the whole of last year, the police had registered 32 dowry-related deaths in the State, with Thiruvananthapuram district topping the list with eight such deaths.

The number of molestation cases registered by the police in the State during the first three months of this year touched 1,259, with Thiruvananthapuram district again on the top with 257 cases. Wayanad district with 24 such cases accounted for the lowest. Seven molestation cases were registered by the railway police. During the whole of last year, 3,375 molestation cases were registered in the State and Thiruvananthapuram district topped that list too with 767 such cases.

A total of 61 women and 33 children were kidnapped in Kerala during the first three months of this year. When it came to kidnapping of women, Kollam district topped with 11 cases.  Last year, 214 women and 147 children were kidnapped in the State. The number of eve teasing cases registered in the State from January to March this year is 175.  

For this offence, Kozhikode district topped with 32 cases followed by Ernakulam district with 31 cases. The railway police registered six cases and no eve teasing cases were registered in Pathanamthitta district during the period. Last year, a total of 498 eve teasing cases were registered in the State and Kozhikode was on top with 98 cases. The railway police registered 12 eve teasing cases last year.

Cases of cruelty to women by husband or his relatives registered by the police touched 1,129 during the first three months of this year as per the statistics and Malappuram district topped with 160 cases. Malappuram district has been on the top for this offence since 2007. The figures being, 668 (2012), 661 (2011), 652 (2010), 545 (2009), 525 (2008) and 503 in 2007.

A total of 3,480 crimes against women in the State have been registered by the police during the first three months of this year and the highest is in Thiruvananthaouram district, with 473 cases. During the whole of last year, 13,002 such cases were registered by the police in the State and Thiruvananthapuram district again topped with 1,606 cases. A total of 480 cases of crimes against children were registered in the State by the police duringJanuary-March. During the whole of last year, it was 1,324 cases, the statistics showed.