Crimes in India in 2016 increased 2.6 per cent: NCRB

Crime against women

Crimes in India in 2016 increased 2.6 per cent: NCRB

Uttar Pradesh reported 14.5% (49,262) of total cases of crimes against women followed by West Bengal (9.6%) (32,513 cases) during 2016.

The ugly side of City Beautiful was mirrored in the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report for 2016, which was released on Thursday.

The city police also registered 979 cases under the POCSOA, the second highest in metropolitan cities, the NCRB report said.

If one took corrected figures for the past years as well, 2016 would in fact reflect an increase of about 2.6 per cent in overall crimes.

Since past year, the total number of crimes in the country has increased by 2.6%, with Delhi reporting the highest crime rate of 974.9 under IPC crimes followed by Kerala (727.6) and Madhya Pradesh (337.9) against the national average of 233.6. With 4,189 cases in 2016, the state ranked third in cases of rape with MP recording the most number of rape cases registered, followed by UP. This effectively has brought down SLL crime figures for all India down by 60 per cent and reduced total crimes (IPC+SLL) by 34 per cent.

The data released by the NCRB only reflects the number of cases that have been registered with the police. As for murder, Delhi registered 479 out of a total of 2,194 cases or 21.8 per cent followed by Bengaluru at 229 cases or 10.4 per cent and Patna at 195 cases or 8.9 per cent.

The state registered 2,299 cases of murder, which was the third highest, and 4,189 cases of rape, also the third highest. Delhi also reported the most number of cases of economic offences at 5,942 cases or 19.3 per cent followed by Jaipur at 4,742 cases and Mumbai at 4,191 cases.

Abduction cases declined from 1,402 in 2015 to 1,309 in 2016.

However, a total of 15,379 persons were trafficked during the year including 58.7% children.

The records further showed that of atotal of 41,761cases of various crimes against women recorded in 19 major metropolitan cities, Mumbai, at second place, accounted for 5,128 cases.

Delhi topped the list with 7,392 cases, followed by Mumbai and then Bengaluru.

Maharashtra reported the highest number of missing persons (94,919 - 17.2%) out of the total of 5,49,008 persons (2,34,334 males and 3,14,674 females).

Among the other states, Uttar Pradesh (UP) recorded the highest number of serious offences like murder.

The NCRB report also first time included the statistics on the seizures of arms, ammunitions, drugs and currency by central armed police forces - the CISF, the BSF, the CRPF, the SSB, the Assam Rifles - and central police organisations like the National Investigation Agency.

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