Delhi most unsafe, tops crime chart among 19 major cities

Posted December 02, 2017

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report on crime in 2016, released on Thursday (November 20) has reiterated certain popular beliefs while negating others. This alone increased the total number of violent crimes in 2016 as compared to a year ago, by 0.8%.

Majority of cases under crimes against women were reported under "Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives" (32.6%) followed by "Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty" (25.0%), "Kidnaping & Abduction of Women" (19.0%) and "Rape" (11.5%).

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) past year, according to the NCRB data.

UP again leads the list with 4,954 cases registered. A total of 15,310 cases were reported in the union territory in 2016, down from 17,222 in 2015.

Maharashtra ranked first in number of cases registered for outraging a woman's modesty and in crimes against senior citizens in 2016.

Delhi UT reported the highest crime rate (160.4) compared to the national average rate of 55.2.

Another shocking fact from the report is that Chandigarh is third position when it comes to the crime against children, although the absolute number of cases fell from 271 in 2015 to 222 in 2016. As many as 1,847 cases of crime against children cases were reported in the State in 2016, including 54 murders.

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The state of Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of cases (2,639) of cyber crimes accounting for 21.4% followed by Maharashtra with 19.3% (2,380 cases) and Karnataka with 8.9% (1101 cases). Delhi also reported the most number of cases of economic offences at 5,942 cases or 19.3 per cent followed by Jaipur at 4,742 cases and Mumbai at 4,191 cases. Mumbai came in second, with 5,128 cases reported.

Delhi also reported the highest number of kidnappings and abductions - 5,453 cases (48.3 percent) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6 percent) and Bengaluru 879 cases (7.8 percent) during 2016.

Earlier, according to Centre's response to Parliament, Uttar Pradesh had topped the list of communal violence incidents in 2016 with 162 incidents reported in which 29 people were killed and 488 injured.

In the city of Delhi - which also reported the highest number of crimes against women among the 19 metropolitan cities - 13,803 crimes against women were reported in 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.

Atrocities/crime against Scheduled Castes have increased by 5.5 per cent in 2016 (40,801) over 2015 (38,670), while atrocities/crime against Scheduled Tribes have increased by 4.7 per cent in 2016 (6,568) over 2015 (6,276).

While Uttar Pradesh reported 4,889 murder cases, the national capital reported almost 40 percent of rape cases.