Dimapur, February 6: Twenty-nine persons were convicted for crime against women in Nagaland during 2018 as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)’s latest data available for the year 2018.
Giving this information in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani said in Nagaland there were 74 crime against women cases reported, out of which 42 cases were charge-sheeted and 26 cases got convicted. Sixty-four persons arrested in the cases, out of which 46 were charge-sheeted and number of persons convicted were 29.
She also said as per the information received from National Legal Services Authority (NLSA), about 1,82,506 women have been benefited through legal services and advice under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 across India during the current financial year 2019-20 (up to November, 2019).
Crime against children
On crime against children, Smriti Irani said the total number of cases registered in the year 2016 was 106958, which rose to 129032 in the year 2017 and to 141764 in the year 2018.
The Government of India has recently amended the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 which has been notified on 06.08.2019 and made effective from 16.08.2019 with a view to provide stringent provisions for protection to children against sexual abuse, she said.
Under POCSO Act, cases registered in 2017 in Nagaland was 41, cases charge-sheeted was 37, 9 cases got convicted and 45 persons were arrested in the cases. Out of this, 37 persons were charge-sheeted and 16 persons got convicted, as per the National Crime Records Bureau.
In 2018, cases registered in Nagaland under POCSO Act was 9, cases charge-sheeted was 13, and cases convicted was 9. In the cases, persons arrested was 15, out of which 14 were charge-sheeted and 9 were convicted.
Meanwhile for implementation of Poshan Abhiyan Scheme in Nagaland, the Centre released a total of Rs 2,860.88 lakhs to Nagaland from 2017-18 to 2019-20, out of which fund utilization as on 31.12.2019 was Rs 1,561.92 lakhs.
The scheme, earlier known as National Nutrition Mission, targets children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
On funds released to the State, the Centre released Rs 163.74 lakhs in FY 2017-18 + unspent balance of ISSNIP; funds released in FY 2018-19 – Rs 1,251.97 lakhs and released in FY 2019-20 Rs 1,445.17 lakhs.
(Page News Service)