The latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveals that an average of 77 rapes and 80 murders have been recorded daily in 2020.
Notably, 29,193 people were murdered in the country last year, with Uttar Pradesh topping the charts among states registering 3,779 murders followed by Bihar’s 3,150 murder cases and Maharashtra’s 2,163.
Madhya Pradesh recorded over 2,101 cases and West Bengal lodged 1,948 cases. Compared to 2019, murders increased by 1 per cent last year. Delhi logged 472 murder cases in 2020.
28,046 rape cases
A total of 28,046 rape cases involving 28,153 victims were registered in India in 2020. Rajasthan reported the highest number of rapes (5,310) in India in 2020, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 2,769 cases, Madhya Pradesh (2,339 cases), and Maharashtra (2,061 cases). Apart from rape, there were 85,392 cases of assault to outrage modesty and 3,741 cases of attempt to commit rape.
Crime against women
Overall, 3,71,503 cases of crime against women were reported across the country last year, showing a decline of 8.3 per cent as 4,05,326 cases were registered in 2019, the NCRB stated. The crime rate registered per lakh women population is 56.5 in 2020 in comparison with 62.3 in 2019
Of the total crimes against women in 2020, the maximum of 1,11,549 cases were registered under the category of “cruelty by husband or relatives”, while there were 62,300 cases of kidnapping and abduction.
Acid attack, kidnapping
There were 105 cases of acid attacks logged across the country during 2020. India also recorded 6,966 cases of dowry deaths with 7,045 victims last year.
According to the data, the cases of kidnapping and abduction, however, went down by over 19 per cent in 2020 as compared to 2019. There were a total of 84,805 lodged cases of kidnapping and abduction in 2020 as against 1,05,036 in 2019.
Among states, the maximum of 12,913 kidnapping and abductions cases in 2020 were lodged in Uttar Pradesh followed by West Bengal (9,309), Maharashtra (8,103), Bihar (7,889) and Madhya Pradesh (7,320). Delhi registered 4,062 kidnapping and abduction cases during 2020.
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