Thiruvananthapuram: Crimes connected to alcoholism, mobile phone abuse and dowry appear to be on the increase in Kerala as they constitute vast majority of cases coming before the state Women’s Commisssion.
According to Justice D Sreedevi, chairperson of KWC, nearly 80 percent of cases coming up before the Commission related to liquor and dowry issues and mobile phone crimes had also gone up in recent times.
"Though people of different social and economic status approach the Commission on various matters, basic problems seem to be similar liquor and dowry. Nature of those cases may be different. But they will surely have a connection with both
these menaces in one way or other," Justice Sreedevi told a news agency.
Most of the complaints from southern districts like Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram were related domestic violence.
Mobile phone crimes, especially cases of girls being pushed
into love traps through phones, taking of pictures of women
without their consent and creating and sending of pornographic
material have become serious problems which required urgent
attention of law enforcers, she said.
"These days, films, advertisements and television programmes
often have an adverse impact on the moral concerns of the
society. Obscene ads and film songs and vulgar dressing of
anchors convey wrong messages to younger generation. Many
parents lose control over their children due to the overspread
of mobile phones and internet," Sreedevi said.
Other steps being taken include introduction of an easy baggage system, election of zonal representatives to the Haj Committee of India, increasing embarkation points from 19 to 21, setting up an inter-ministerial committee on charter flights for Haj pilgrims and opening a Helpline by India`s Consulate General in Jeddah for pilgrims.
The ministry will also ensure accommodation to more Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia from this year.
"Over one lakh twenty five thousand (accommodation) units have already been approved for hiring. Process is on for signing of agreement with the landlords," Krishna said.
A record number of one lakh seventy one thousand six hundred and seventy one pilgrims from India performed Haj last year.
Haj Committee chairperson Mohsina Kidwai, who was also present at today`s programme, demanded that the opinion of members of the body should be taken whenever the amendments to the present Act on Haj Committee is moved. She rued that there were several shortcomings in the present legislation.
Kidwai pointed out that there was no final authority responsible for all Haj arrangements and financial and administrative lacunae were still to be addressed.