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NCRB Report: Crimes Against Women, Children Surge by 4%, 8.7% in 2022

According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) annual report, crimes against women, children, senior citizens, Scheduled Castes (SC), and Scheduled Tribes (ST) increased by 4%, 8.7%, 9.3%, 13.1%, and 14.3%, respectively, in 2022, while economic offences increased by 11.1%, corruption by 10.5%, and cyber crimes increased by 24.4%.

The “Crime in India 2022” study is based on data gathered from 36 states and union territories, as well as national agencies. It was made public on Sunday after being released on Friday.

The yearly report informs legislators, Union and state governments, as well as researchers, students, and others involved in policy creation and analysis.

The NCRB report was at least five months late. It is generally made public in July or August of each year.

According to the study, 4,45,256 occurrences of crime against women were documented in 2022, a 4% rise from 4,28,278 in 2021. A majority of incidents (31.4%) were due to cruelty by spouses or relatives, followed by kidnapping and abduction (19.2%), assault “with intent to outrage modesty” (18.7%), and rape (7.1%).

Rajasthan recorded a total of 5,399 rape incidents in 2022, followed by Uttar Pradesh (3,690), Madhya Pradesh (3,029), Maharashtra (2,904), and Haryana (1,787). According to the statistics, Delhi had 1,212 rape incidents last year. “The crime rate registered per lakh women population was 66.4 in 2022 in comparison with 64.5 in 2021.”

In 2022, 1,62,449 incidents of crimes against minors were reported, an increase of 8.7% (1,49,404 cases) over the previous year. The bulk of these cases (45.7%) involved kidnapping and abduction, with 39.7% being filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.

Crime against senior citizens rose by 9.3% to 28,545 cases compared to 26,110 cases in 2021. A bulk of these cases (7,805 or 27.3%) related to hurt followed by theft (3,944 or 13.8%) and forgery, cheating, and fraud (3,201 or 11.2%).

The crimes against SC rose by 13.1%, from 50,900 cases in 2021 to 57,582 cases last year. The crimes against ST increased by 14.3%—from 8,802 to 10,064 cases last year.

The NCRB report said the economic offences increased by 11.1% (1,74,013 cases). As many as 4,139 corruption cases were registered in 2022 compared to 3,745 cases in 2021, marking a 10.5% increase. The cyber crimes rose by 24.4% to 65,893 cases compared to 52,974 in 2021.

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