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Crimes against women up by 34 per cent in four years; UP, Maharashtra, West Bengal most unsafe

Crimes against women increased 34 percent over the last four years to 2015, with cruelty by husbands and relatives being the most widely reported crime, according to the latest data from the National Crime Records

Indiaspend.org , New Delhi [ Updated: September 06, 2016 16:16 IST ]
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Crimes against women | India TV

Crimes against women increased 34 percent over the last four years to 2015, with cruelty by husbands and relatives being the most widely reported crime, according to the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

The rate of crime against women – defined as crimes reported divided by total women population – has gone up from 41.7 to 53.9 between 2012 and 2015.

The higher rate could be explained by increased crime, but it could also be that more women are confident enough to report crimes against them.

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(Source: National Crime Records 2015)

Cruelty by husband and relatives, in 2015, accounted for 34 percent of cases, rising 6 percent over the last four years, from 106,527 cases in 2012 to 113,403 in 2015.

Assault on women accounted for a quarter of cases last year, increasing 82 percent since 2012.

“The number of cases is rising because it means women are refusing to suffer in silence,” said Varsha Sharma, a senior Delhi police officer, quoted in this BBC report in October 2014.

The NCRB added three more heads in 2014 under which crimes against women were reported: Attempt to commit rape (4,437), which increased 5 percent in 2015, abetment of suicide by women (4,060), an increase of 4 percent, and protection of women from domestic violence (461), which increased 8 percent.

Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal reported the most crimes against women in 2015, with 35,527, 31,126 and 33,218 cases, respectively.

Top Five States: Crimes Against Women, 2012-2015

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Graph 2 | India TV

(Source: National Crime Records 2015)

Rajasthan has the highest crime rate, followed by West Bengal.

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