Delhi recorded the maximum number of rape cases in 2016 among 19 metro cities while Uttar Pradesh topped the list with the state accounting for 9.5% of total crimes reported in the country, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Crime against women
Crimes against women saw a rise of 2.9% in 2016 over the previous year, with Uttar Pradesh recording 14.5% (49,262) of the cases of crimes committed against women, followed by West Bengal at 9.6% (32,513 cases). Delhi reported the highest crime rate against women at 160.4 crimes per lakh against the national average of 55.2, followed by Assam (131.3 crimes) and Odisha (84.5). The country also saw a rise in number of rape cases by 12.4% from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016.
Delhi tops in crime among 19 metro cities
The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33% (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women, followed by Mumbai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million. The national capital reported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.
Crime against children
Cases of crimes against children have seen an increase of 19.6 % between 2014 and 2016. Around 89,423 cases were reported in 2014 and 1,06,958 cases in 2016. A total of 54,723 cases of kidnapping and abduction were reported in 2016 with Uttar Pradesh topping the stats (9657) once again. The northern state was followed by Maharashtra (7956) and Madhya Pradesh (6106). The NCRB data also pointed out at the rising trend of crime against children over last three years.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday released the annual publication of the NCRB, “Crime in India 2016”. A total of 48,31,515 cognizable crimes, comprising 29,75,711 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 18,55,804 Special & Local Laws (SLL) crimes were reported in 2016, showing an increase of 2.6% over 2015 (47,10,676 cases).