21,026 dowry harassment cases registered since 2016, CM Pinarayi Vijayan tells Assembly

As many as 21,026 cases of dowry molestation have been registered in Kerala since 2016, among which, the accused were convicted in only 251 cases, according to the data presented at the state assembly on Monday.

In response to a question from members of the opposition, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a written note, before the assembly that out of the 21,026 cases of dowry-related harassment reported since 2021.

The rise in dowry-related harassment cases since 2021 has been attributed to increased awareness among women, government campaigns, and a police helpline set up for women to register their complaints.

The government informed the assembly that the heads of various departments were told to collect written affidavits from married government employees stating that they did not claim or provide a dowry.

On another question, the government informed the assembly that 3,323 cyber crime cases have been registered in Kerala since 2016. Out of these, 1,831 cases have been resolved, and in 31 cases, defendants have been convicted.

Besides, 91 cases have been registered accusing of criticizing the current state government and its welfare systems on social media.

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