New Delhi: As the nation tries to come to terms with the shocking molestation of a minor girl in Guwahati who was also beaten by her molesters, national crime statistics show a rise in incidences of crime against women. According to the Union ministry of home affairs' compendium on crime statistics, compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the incidence of crime against women in India has shot up both numerically and as a proportion of total number of Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes.
While the number of such crimes shot up to 2,28,650 in 2011 from 2,13,585 in 2010, marking a seven per cent spurt, West Bengal reported the highest number of such cases. The state accounted for 12.7 per cent of total such cases in the country (29,133).
The highest crime rate against women in 2011 was recorded in Tripura (37) as compared to the national average rate of 18.9.
The Guwahati incident is not a stray case, crimes against women all over the country have increased.
The proportion of IPC crimes committed against women has increased over the last 5 years from 8.8 per cent in 2007 to 9.4 per cent in 2011.
Madhya Pradesh has reported the highest number of rape cases (3,406) and molestation cases (6,665) in India. These account for 14.1 per cent and 15.5 per cent of total such cases reported in the country. Expectedly, offenders were known to the victims in 92.9 per cent of rape cases (22,549 out of 24,270).
Andhra Pradesh has reported 42.7 per cent (3,658) of the total sexual harassment cases in the country.
The highest number of cases of kidnapping and abduction at 21.2 per cent (7,525) and dowry deaths at 26.9 per cent (2,322) were reported from Uttar Pradesh.
A total of 33,789 cases of crime against women were reported from the 53 mega cities out of the 2,28,650 cases reported in the country during 2011. The rate of crime in these cities at 21.0 was higher as compared to the national average of 18.9.
Among the 53 cities, Delhi accounted for the highest number of such crimes at 13.3 per cent (4,489), followed by Bangalore at 5.6 per cent (1,890) and Hyderabad at 5.5 per cent (1,860).