MP tops in crime against women

Delhi cops

A total of 48,31,515 cognisable crimes - which include major crimes like rape, murder, kidnappings and rioting - comprising "29,75,711 IPC crimes" and "18,55,804 Special and Local Laws (SLL)" crimes were reported in 2016.

Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city.

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) a year ago, according to the NCRB data.

The crime rate in Maharashtra has increased marginally from 355.19 crimes per 1 lakh citizens registered in 2015 to 357.41 crimes per 1 lakh citizens in 2016.

The overall incidence of rape across Indian states saw an increase of 12.4 per cent - going up from the 2015 data of 34,651 cases to the 2016 data of 38,947 cases. Compared to the data from the Crime in India 2014 report, the increase is even higher - over 5 per cent.

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A whopping 3737,870 people were arrested in the country in 2016- 3271,262 out of the total were chargesheeted. Maharashtra is also second only to Delhi in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, with 4,815 incidents a year ago.

"The state Government has resolved to deal sternly with such cases and to protect women", Sarang said.

The Mumbai Police had in 2016 registered 59,072 cases under the Indian Penal Code and the state laws. Mumbai followed Delhi, which topped the list with 33 percent of the cases. Under the atrocities against scheduled tribes sub-head, Madhya Pradesh ranked first, accounting for 1,823 of the total 6,568 cases registered in 2016.

While Uttar Pradesh reported 4,889 murder cases, the national capital reported almost 40 percent of rape cases. Madhya Pradesh, which is led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was second on the list with 8.9% crimes, whereas Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra was third with 8.8%.

The total 1879 and 2195 cyber crime cases, registered under sections of IT Act and IPC Act, were registered in 2014 and 2015 respectively in Maharashtra.

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