Marginal decrease in sexual offences in 2015: report

Marginal decrease in sexual offences in 2015: report

 India has witnessed a marginal 2% decrease in sexual offences in 2015—1.30 lakh as against 1.32 lakh in 2014—but activists warn against going just by the numbers.

The latest “Crime in India 2015” report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) gives a picture of a decrease in the number of cases of rape and insult to modesty of women, while that of attempt to commit rape and assault on women is on the rise. Overall, there is a decrease of 2,744 cases.

However, All India Progressive Women’s Association secretary Kavita Krishnan said the right way to read statistics on sexual violence is to do it with a great deal of caution.

“It is not an easy assumption because the reporting of cases is much distorted. There is under reporting though there has been a very slight improvement. Also, there are cases that are reported as sexual offences, which are not like in many elopement cases. I have learnt not to read too much into statistics,” she told DH. “The actual incidents may be extremely high and what we need is to look at the experience of women these days,” Krishnan, who was at the forefront of the protests against the December 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi in a moving bus, said.

Though there could be some false cases, she said victims of sexual violence still do not get a “friendly” hand from the authorities, especially in cases where they are not grievously injured.

Madhya Pradesh (4,391), Maharashtra (4,144) and Uttar Pradesh (3,644) topped the list in rape cases, while Delhi too had high numbers at 2,199 cases. Karnataka had 589 cases.

With the number of rape cases decreasing, the crime rate regarding sexual offences has also dropped to 21.4 per one lakh women from 22.16.

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