Delhi most unsafe, tops crime chart among 19 major cities

Trevor Jackson
December 2, 2017

According to the National Crime Records Bureau's (NCRB) annual publication, Crime in India, which was released on Thursday, the state had the second highest number of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA).

However, when overall crime, including those under SLL, was taken into account, UP shot towards the top of the list.

Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.

Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 cases (12.5 percent) and 4,816 (12.4 percent) respectively followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7 percent) previous year, according to the NCRB data.

Cases of rioting declined from 65,255 in 2015 to 61,974 in 2016.

Crime against women saw an increase of 2.9 per cent from 3,29,243 cases in 2015 to 3,38,954 in 2016 while crime against SCs increased 5.5 per cent (from 38,670 cases in 2015 to 40,801 in 2016) and crime against STs by 4.7 per cent (from 6,276 cases from 2015 to 6,568 in 2016).

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Madhya Pradesh has again earned the dubious distinction of having the highest number of rape cases registered among all states a year ago. "Delhi UT reported the highest crime rate (160.4) compared to the national average rate of 55.2", the NCRB report says.

The state registered 2,299 cases of murder, which was the third highest, and 4,189 cases of rape, also the third highest. The numbers of cities followed a similar patter, with Lucknow reporting the highest number of atrocities reported among the 19 metropolitan cities, and Patna and Jaipur following. For other offences, such as traffic challans, NCRB will provide separate data from next year.

In cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 3,364 cases were registered in Delhi, followed by 1,142 cases in Mumbai, and 674 cases in Bengaluru. A total of 1,06,900 ammunition was seized during 2016.

A new chapter on missing persons and children has been included to comply the Supreme Court directions along with a new table on cases related to Fake Indian Currency Notes, the NCRB report said. MP is followed by Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Delhi reported 33 percent (13,803 cases of the total 41,761 cases in 19 cities with a population above two million) of total crimes against women and was followed by Mumbai at 12.3 percent (5,128 cases). Most cyber crimes in city Mumbai tops the list when it comes to cyber crimes recording 23.5 per cent of all such cases in the country.

Delhi city topped all of NCRB crime categories - kidnapping and abduction, murder, rape, cruelty by husband and his relatives, dowry deaths, juveniles in conflict with law, economic offences - apart from cyber crimes.

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