The number of domestic violence cases in Gujarat rose by 1154 to 7812 in 2013 with the conviction rate of just 2.30% which is far below the national average in this category, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
As per the NCRB data, the cases registered under section 498-A (offence by husband or relatives of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of IPC rose by 17.3% in 2013 from 6658 in 2012.
As per the data, 12283 cases of 'crime against women' were registered in Gujarat in 2013 and 64% of them were under the Domestic Violence Act. However, the conviction rate in DV cases fell by 1.2% to 2.30% against 3.50% in 2012.
In 2013, the country registered 1,18,866 cases of domestic violence with a rise of 11.6% from 1,06,527 cases in 2012, while the conviction rate rose from 15% in 2012 to 16%.
Activists fighting for the rights of men and women have blamed a "slow pace of judiciary" and "discrepancies in the women-oriented laws" for the low conviction rate.
Amit Gupta, a men's rights activists and chairman of umbrella organisation, National Coalition of Men, said the low conviction rate is the fallout of lack of a "gender-neutral" law.
"Gujarat falls amongst the five states who are lowest in terms of conviction rate. Most of the cases filed against men and their family members under section 498-A are false and are settled by extorting hefty sum from them. There is a pressing need to bring a 'gender-neutral' law to protect men from unnecessary harassment," Gupta said.