Over 48 lakh crimes reported in India in 2016, Mumbai ranked 3rd among major cities

Over 48 lakh crimes reported in India in 2016, Mumbai ranked 3rd among major cities
Compared to 2015, total number of reported crimes increased by 2.6 percent (Representational Image. Courtesy: REUTERS)

Over 48 lakh cognizable crimes were reported across India in the year 2016, a marginal increase from the previous year, a report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has said.

The report ‘Crime in India – 2016’ was released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.

Key highlights of the report:

1. A total of 48,31,515 cognizable crimes comprising 29,75,711 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 18,55,804 Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes were reported in 2016, showing a nominal increase of 2.6 percent over the year 2015 (47,10,676 cases).

2. Among the states, Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5 percent of total IPC crimes reported in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 percent), Maharashtra (8.8 percent) and Kerala (8.7 percent).

3. Among the 19 major cities, with population of over 2 million, maximum crimes were reported in Delhi (38.8 percent), followed by Bengaluru (8.9 percent) and Mumbai (7.7 percent).

4. Mumbai reported the highest number of Cyber Crime cases (980 or 23.5 percent) and the second highest number of kidnapping and abduction cases in the country.

5. At 182, the capital recorded the highest crime rate in the country – almost 2.5 times more than the national average of 77.

6. The report shows a declining trend in the number of murder, rioting, robbery and dacoity cases registered in the last three years across the country.

7. Murder cases declined by 5.2 percent from 32,127 cases in 2015 to 30,450 cases in 2016.

8. Similarly, rioting cases decreased from 61,974 in 2016 to 65,255 cases in the year 2015. Robbery and dacoity cases also declined by 11.8 and 4.5 percent respectively in 2016.

9. Cases under ‘Crime against Women’, however, increased from 3,29,243 in 2015 to 3,38,954 in 2016. Those reported under ‘Juveniles in Conflict with Law’ have also increased from 33,433 in 2015 to 35,849 in 2016.

10. The number of rape cases registered in the country too increased by 12.4 percent, from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016.

11. Atrocities against Scheduled Castes increased by 5.5 percent in 2016 (40,801) over 2015 (38,670), while crimes against Scheduled Tribes increased by 4.7 percent in 2016 (6,568) over 2015 (6,276).

12. The report accounts for 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 among others.

13. For the first time, the report included statistics on Missing Persons & Children, Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and seizures of Arms, Ammunitions, Drugs and Currency.

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