The crimes against women and children belonging to the minority community fell in 2009-10 as against the previous year, the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission said in its annual report for the year 2009-10.
The Commission said that 1,212 cases were registered in 2008-09 for atrocities against Muslim and Christian women in the state, which came down to 777 cases in 2009-10.
The number of cases for atrocities on Muslim community women fell from 1,186 to 754, while those against Christian women fell to 23 from 26.
Similarly, the number of cases pertaining to atrocities on Muslim children declined from 66 in 2008-09 to 46 in 2009-10. No cases of atrocities against Christian children were registered in the two years, the Commission said.
The Commission informed that it received 205 complaints of human rights violations from women in 2009-10, 50 more than previous year. Thirty-five of the complaints were about abduction, rape and murder, 87 complained about exploitation, 12 about discrimination against women and six complaints pertained to dowry deaths.
The Commission said it also received complaints related to dowry demands, rape, physical exploitation, physical harassment, among others from women. The Commission said it was alert about cases related to violence against women, and has taken special care to protect women's rights.
According to the Commission, 11,478 cases related to crimes against women were registered in the state in 2009-10. These include 428 rape cases, 297 murders, 1,394 abductions, 97 attempted murders, 21 dowry deaths, 6,999 torture cases, 534 suicides, and 798 other crimes.
The Commission also spoke about overcrowded jails in its annual report. It said that as of March 31, 2010, 12,446 prisoners were lodged in jails in the state, almost 75% more than the total capacity of the jails. The prisoners included 11,799 men and 647 women.
The Commission said it has made various recommendations to check overcrowding in prisons, including speedier disposal of cases, increasing capacity of prisons, among others.