New Delhi: Delhi’s reputation as an unsafe city for women just got solidified.
According to National Crime Records Bureau’s data for 2014, Delhi had the largest number of reported rape cases per 100,000 citizens at 1,813—up from 1,441 cases reported in 2013.
Overall, the number of rape cases in the country has shot up to 36,735 in 2014 from 2013’s 33,707. Mumbai, surprisingly, is second on the list with 607 cases. In 2013, the number was 391.
The NCRB report includes data on how many of the offenders across the country were known to the victims, with the relation being categorized as close family members, grandfather, father, brother, relatives, employers, neighbours, etc.
In Himachal Pradesh, all the 283 rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.
Uttar Pradesh had the highest incidence of gangrape, with 574 cases reported. Rajasthan had 416 gangrape cases.
Overall, 337,922 cases of crime against women were reported in 2014 as compared with 309,546 in 2013.
In terms of cognizable crime, which covers every thing from murder to counterfeit and forgery attempts, Madhya Pradesh topped the list with NCRB listing 272,423 such incidents in that state.
Maharashtra was a close second with 259,834 incidents.
This year, NCRB, for the first time, compiled a list of environment-related crimes. More than 8,600 people were arrested for over 5,800 such crimes.
NCRB has also tabulated data on sexual harassment cases registered in the country. More than 20,000 cases were reported, with Maharashtra registering 4,052, and Madhya Pradesh 3,163, of them.
In yet another first, NCRB has tabulated the data of crimes recorded as unnatural offences under Section 377—among the most controversial laws in India today. About 1,148 such cases were registered, with the maximum being reported from Delhi (194). The disturbing trend of increased violence against the scheduled castes (SCs) continued in 2014, as the incidence of crime against SCs jumped from 39,408 in 2013 to 47,064 in 2014.
NCRB compiles its data from first information reports (FIRs) filed across police stations in the country.
While the report does offer a bird eye’s view of crimes in the country, activists say its format could do with an update as the agency needs to upgrade its categories of crime.
Honour killing, for instance, goes untabulated, as it is not recognized as a crime but registered under murder.