The use of outdated population projections and inconsistent methodology by NCRB renders comparison with past trends meaningless
Three decades after it was set up to build a database on crime in the country, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has become an invaluable resource for policymakers, researchers and the media. Be it on farmer suicides or crimes against women, the national debate has often been enriched with NCRB data. However, a Mint analysis of NCRB’s methodology shows its crime rate estimates are unreliable, and even misleading for some categories of crime.
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