Uttar Pradesh tops the list on crimes against women in 2016

Uttar Pradesh tops the list on crimes against women in 2016

Uttar Pradesh tops the list on crimes against women in 2016

There has been 48,31,515 cognizable crimes comprising 29,75,711 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 18,55,804 Special & Local Laws (SLL) crimes reported in the year 2016, showing an increase of 2.6% over 2015 (47,10,676 cases). The percentage share of cyber crimes stood at 4.8% for the State. Secondly, the number of cyber crime cases prove that we are not refusing to register these cases.

In urban India, Delhi accounted for 33% of the total crimes committed against women in metropolitan cities. Similarly, cheating cases increased from 8,000 in 2015 to 8,394 in 2016.

A whopping 3737,870 people were arrested in the country in 2016- 3271,262 out of the total were chargesheeted. While Delhi reported around 15,297 cases, Mumbai reported around 6,096 cases followed by Patna with 4,547 cases.

As many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in the country in 2016 of which 12 were in Maharashtra, nine each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, three each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh and two in Rajasthan.

Another category of crime which has shown a disturbing upward swing in 2016 is that of atrocities against people from the scheduled castes and scheduled tribe communities - an increase of 5.5 per cent over 2015. While illegal gains were the main motiviation for cyber crimes with 267 cases, revenge was the motivation in 217 cases out of the total 593 cases registered in 2016.

Among the states, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of IPC crimes at 9.5 per cent, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 8.9 per cent, Maharashtra at 8.8 per cent, and Kerala at 8.7 per cent. Only Uttar Pradesh, with 2,639 cases, reported more offences. Mumbai also ranked second in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 5,457 cases in Delhi and 1,864 cases in Mumbai. No crimes were recorded under Section 66F (cyber terrorism) in the State. While this figure in itself appears to be a gross undervaluation, the report claims that of these 1, 11, 569 missing children, 55,944 were traced were traced.

Crimes against women saw a jump of 2.9% in 2016 over the previous year, with Uttar Pradesh accounting for 14.5% (49,262) of total cases reported in the country.

Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013.

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