Marginal decline in crimes against women, crimes against children up: Report

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday released the 63rd edition of ‘Crime in India’ report for the year 2015, which showed a marginal decline in crimes against women, while crimes against children showed an increase.

The data in the report has been collected from 36 states and Union Territories and 53 mega cities (having population of more than 10 lakhs), according to officials.

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According to the report, over 28 lakh cases under Indian Penal Code (IPC) were investigated in 2015. Out of over one crore IPC cases, more than 13 lakh cases were tried by the courts in 2015, showing conviction rate as 46.9 per cent under IPC crimes.

The report shows a 3.1 per cent decline in crime against women (from 3,37,922 cases in 2014 to 3,27,394 cases in 2015).

But it shows 5.3 per cent increase in crimes against children (from 89,423 in 2014 to 94,172 cases in 2015). Kidnapping and abduction constituted 44.5 per cent of total cases of crimes against children.

Also, there is an increase of 25.8 per cent in crimes related to human trafficking (6,877 cases in 2015 compared to 5,466 cases in 2014).

According to the report, a total of 73,26,099 offence cases (29,49,400 IPC cases and 43,76,699 Special and Local Laws cases) were reported in 2015, an increase of 1.3 per cent over 2014.

The National Crime Records Bureau publishes the report every year, and the practice is on since 1953. The report contains information on police recorded criminal cases during the year.