Crimes in India in 2016 increased 2.6 per cent: NCRB

Lydia Fleming
December 3, 2017

In terms of crime against women, the numbers dropped 11% in 2016 as compared to 2015, which put the UT at 11th place among all states and UTs. There was 0 per cent conviction in cases of rape and theft.

The Mumbai Police had in 2016 registered 59,072 cases under the Indian Penal Code and the state laws.

Since previous 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.

As per the NCRB, UP was the state where the maximum number of crimes took place a year ago, while Delhi reported the highest crime rate. According to the NCRB report, as many as 4882 cases of rape were registered in Madhya Pradesh in 2016 and this is the highest number of rape cases registered by any state of the country. All 114 persons arrested for crimes against children were chargesheeted. "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%)".

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Delhi registered 40 per cent (1,996) of the total number of rape cases in the 19 cities and almost 29 per cent cases each of cruelty meted out by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths across the country. Of the four major offences - criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery, and counterfeiting - the highest number of cases were reported under cheating.

The NCRB said that 19 metropolitan cities have been included in the chapters on violent crimes, crime against women, crime against children, juveniles in conflict with law, crime against SC/STs, economic crimes, cyber crimes, crime against senior citizens and disposal of cases by police and court for the first time in its latest publication covering 2 million population.

Delhi city accounted for 38.8% of total IPC crime reported in the cities followed by Bengaluru (8.9%) and Mumbai (7.7%).

Of the 52,209 people who went missing in 2016, as many as 28,316 are women and 23,893 are men.

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Madhya Pradesh also headed the list of states for atrocities, crime against Scheduled Tribes with 1,823 cases (27.8%), followed by Rajasthan (18.2%) with 1,195 cases and Odisha (10.4%) with 681 cases during 2016.

Two cities of Gujarat were in top 10 in terms of total offences registered.

Murder, kidnapping, abduction, crimes against women and offence against property are a few heads where the city stands at number one.

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