Uttar Pradesh, Delhi top crime list in 2016: NCRB

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Uttar Pradesh reported 14.5% (49,262) of total cases of crimes against women followed by West Bengal (9.6%) (32,513 cases) during 2016.

Uttar Pradesh was the state where maximum number of crimes took place in 2016, while Delhi reported the highest crime rate, latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report said on Thursday. As many as 1,847 cases of crime against children cases were reported in the State in 2016, including 54 murders.

Delhi, with 3,746 cases, was followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases, and Bengaluru (820 cases) in 2016. The state also ranked second in economic offences and cyber crime.

Since previous year, the total number of crimes in the country has increased by 2.6%, with Delhi reporting the highest crime rate of 974.9 under IPC crimes followed by Kerala (727.6) and Madhya Pradesh (337.9) against the national average of 233.6.

Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.

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Moreover, in the category of crimes registered under IPC Section 354 Orissa tops the list with a crime rate of 23.1, which is the highest in the country. Rape cases reported 12.4% increase from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 cases in 2016. This alone increased the total number of violent crimes in 2016 as compared to past year, by 0.8%. A total of 15,310 cases were reported in the union territory in 2016, down from 17,222 in 2015. "Delhi UT reported the highest crime rate (160.4) compared to the national average rate of 55.2", the NCRB report says. Maharashtra reported highest 11,396 cases, followed by UP with 11,335 cases and MP with 8,717 cases. For other offences, such as traffic challans, NCRB will provide separate data from next year.

Cases of cyber crime, rape, crime against woman, crime against children, kidnapping and abduction, crime against Scheduled Castes (SCs)/Scheduled Tribes (STs) showed an increasing trend while cases of murder, rioting, robbery and dacoity decreased in 2016, said the NCRB report.

NCRB has chosen to correct this data for the past three years in its 2016 report. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).

The NCRB report also first time included the statistics on the seizures of arms, ammunitions, drugs and currency by central armed police forces - the CISF, the BSF, the CRPF, the SSB, the Assam Rifles - and central police organisations like the National Investigation Agency.

Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city.