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Delhi tops crime chart among metro cities

Delhi tops crime chart among metro cities

In a dubious distinction, Andhra Pradesh stands fourth in the country in the sexual harassment cases, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday. "Majority of cases under crimes against women were reported under "Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives" (32.6%) followed by "Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty" (25.0%), "Kidnaping & Abduction of Women" (19.0%) and "Rape" (11.5%)". Additionally, there were 7,956 cases of kidnapping in the state previous year, behind only Delhi.

Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5 percent of total Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes reported in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 percent), Maharashtra (8.8 percent) and Kerala (8.7 percent), while Delhi reported the highest crime rate, or incidents per 100,000 persons at 974.9 followed by Kerala at 727.6 and Madhya Pradesh at 337.9 against the national average of 233.6. Around 4,882 cases of rape were reported in the state in 2016, followed by UP with 4,816 cases and Maharashtra with 4,189 cases. While Maharashtra ranks fifth in the total number of cases filed, in terms of crime registered per lakh of the population, it holds the eighth rank among 29 states and seven union territories in the country.

Crime against women saw an increase of 2.9 per cent from 3,29,243 cases in 2015 to 3,38,954 in 2016 while crime against SCs increased 5.5 per cent (from 38,670 cases in 2015 to 40,801 in 2016) and crime against STs by 4.7 per cent (from 6,276 cases from 2015 to 6,568 in 2016). 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. Mumbai came in second, with 5,128 cases reported.

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Crimes committed on the railways also recorded a rise of 10 per cent between 2015 and 2016. 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. A total of 2.23 lakh criminal offences were registered with the railway police past year, up from 1.96 lakh in 2015. Under the head crime against women in metropolitan cities, as many as 1055 cases have been reported from Indore.

Among the other states, Uttar Pradesh (UP) recorded the highest number of serious offences like murder. There is an increase in crimes including rapes, kidnapping/abductions, offences against children, atrocities against Dalits and tribals, senior citizens and the number of juveniles involved in crimes. With 5,453 cases of kidnapping and abduction, the city beat Mumbai and Bengaluru, which recorded 1,876 and 879 cases, respectively.

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