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Child rape cases shot up sharply in Ahmedabad, says NCRB

The city which is known to be one of the safest for children is turning out to be a place of nightmare. According to the data issued by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 196 cases were recorded under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses(POCSO) Act were lodged in Ahmedabad in 2016.Of these, 139 cases were of minors being raped, 21 21 of them were reported to be sexually assaulted. Also, 7 cases of unnatural activities were reported against children were registered.For instance, one eight-year-old girl was molested by a 60-year-old doctor in his clinic in Isanpur area last Thursday. The incident took place when the girl went to his clinic alone. The doctor took her to an adjacent room, where he held her hand and zipped his pants down to flash his private parts.In 80 per cent of such cases, the accused turned out to someone known to the victims, which includes mostly relatives, neighbours, friends etc. Binal Patel, the city coordinator of Childline of an NGO that works to protect the rights of children, said that she has known a lot of cases where children are abused daily.The one who abuses the kids are mostly in acquaintance, she said.”It is often the relatives, friends of the family, neighbours or people in school whom the child is in touch with who abuse them,” said Patel, adding that in many cases the child is being abused over a period before s/he opens up to her/his parents.The trigger is often when parents discover the physical signs of sexual abuse or molestation,” said Patel. In many cases, the relatives even ignore the case because the incident involves members of the same of extended families, she said. “We know of a case in which an orphan girl was sexually abused by her uncle. But, her relatives asked her to stay mum,” she said.According to NCRB data, 481 cases of crime against children were reported in Ahmedabad in 2016. Of them, 196 cases were reported under POCSO Act, which is 40.74 per cent. While in 2015, 609 cases of crime against children were reported where 191 cases were of POCSO, 173 out of 437 cases were registered under POCSO Act in 2014.Cases in 2017 October 31: A 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old, who spotted the victim playing near his house. The crime took place in Odhav area of the city. Finally, the accused was caught redhanded by the victim’s uncle and was handed over to police.On September 14: Principal of a municipal English medium school, near Shankar Bhuvan, in Shahpur, was nabbed by Shahpur police for raping an eight-year-old student of his school. March 17: Two teenage sisters, both around 15 years old, were gang-raped by six in a running car in Dahod. The accused wanted to punish the family after the girl’s brother accused one of them of bootlegging.POCSO cases filed in Gujarat 2016 1408 cases1414 victims2015 1416 cases1424 victimsPOCSO cases lodged in Ahmedabad 2016 196 cases196 victims2015 191 cases191 victims2014 173 cases 173 victimsCrime chart of cases filed under POCSO Act in Ahmedabad Child Raped 139 cases139 victimsSexual Assualt 21 cases21 victimsOther POCSO cases35 cases 35 victims

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Over 180 girls abducted daily in 2016: NCRB

More than 180 girls and women were kidnapped in India every day last year. The scarring data was revealed recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which also stated that nearly 100 of these women were kidnapped daily for marriages, while five a day were abducted for illicit intercourse.Also, the data revealed that the number of these victims has risen alarmingly by the year. In 2014, the number of victims of kidnapping or abduction, both male and female, was 77,250, which rose to 83,005 in 2015. The total number of victims in 2016 stood at 88,008.In all, 66,525 girls and women were kidnapped in 2016. The data further classified that 33,796 or 37.7 per cent girls or women were kidnapped only for marriages.Of them, 14,539 were aged between 18 and 30 years and 2,320 victims were aged between 30 and 60 years.Also, of the total kidnapped and abducted victims, 16,937 were children, and 1,853 victims were abducted for illicit intercourse. The data also read that 111 of the total victims were forced into prostitution.Commenting on the report, Priyank Kanoongo, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said that the drastic rise in number of kidnapping or trafficking victims was largely because more cases were being registered now and more victims were coming forward to seek help.”In order to bring down these numbers, we require to enhance skill development among women in bordering areas, specially in West Bengal, Assam, and nearby states that share international borders,” he said, adding that the Commission is taking measures in this direction.Kanoongo further said the NCPCR in West Bengal, which recorded the highest number of trafficking cases last year and surpassed Assam, is organising a workshop to spread awareness, especially among adolescent girls, in order to develop their development skills to make them independent.”The commission is working constantly to curb such crimes against children and to make them aware of their rights. We have also talked to our resident commissioners in various states regarding the issue and post-trafficking guidelines for rehabilitation are also being set up,” he said.NUMBING NUMBERSOver 180 girls/women kidnapped every day in 2016 Nearly 100 of them kidnapped for marriages Five girls a day kidnapped for illicit intercourse In all, 66,525 girls and women kidnapped in 2016 33,796 (37.7%) abducted for marriages 1,853 kidnapped for illicit intercourse 111 kidnapped for prostitution Total abductions (male and female)2014: 77,250 2015: 83,005 2016: 88,008

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As Kolkata school reopens after minor’s sexual assault, data shows crimes against children rose 500% in last decade

A week after a four-year-old child was sexually assaulted by two physical education teachers at Kolkata’s GD Birla Centre for Education, the school reopened its gates to students studying between Class VI and XII.Both parents and students said that while the incident was horrific, it was unfair on the older students who were appearing for board examinations.The decision to reopen the school was taken on Wednesday after school authorities gave into the demands of protesting parents and placed Principal Sharmila Nath on an indefinite leave. The vice principal has been given additional responsibilities as acting principal.Parents and guardians have also demanded that CCTV cameras be installed in the school premises, male teachers be removed, and GPS trackers be set up on school buses. School authorities added that the demands had been heard and noted, and a decision would be taken soon.Meanwhile, the health of the four-year-old victim continued to remain the same. It was revealed that she had not been eating and had trouble sleeping. Sources said that while her health was stable, she was still going through trauma. “She is only comfortable around her mother and is also being counselled by experts,” the source added.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School principal finally removed after massive protestChild abuse has been on a constant rise in India. According to data provided by Child Rights and You (CRY) through a cumulative analysis of NCRB data, crimes against children has seen a 500% increase over the past decade (1,06,958 in 2016 over 18,967 in 2006).Looking at the concentration of reported incidents across the states, more than 50% of crimes against children have been recorded in just five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi UT and West Bengal. While Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 15% of recorded crimes against children, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh closely follow with 14% and 13% respectively.Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeGoing by the nature of crimes and categories those were booked under, Kidnapping and Abduction clearly tops the lists with almost half of the total crimes (48.9%, number of crimes 52,253) as recorded in 2016. The next biggest category of crime against children in terms of number of booking is rape, amounting to more than 18% of all crimes against children, while all crimes under POCSO Act constitutes around 33% of total crimes. Further analysis suggests that Uttar Pradesh recorded maximum number of crimes under the categories of ‘Kidnapping & Abduction’ and ‘POCSO Act’; as in both these categories Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh stand in the second and third slot respectively.This year, a new chapter on ‘Missing Persons and Children’ which has been included in this year’s NCRB release in compliance with the Supreme Court directives, shows that a total of 1,11,569 children (41,175 boys and 70,394 girls) were reported to have been missing. The maximum cases were reported from West Bengal (15.1%) during 2016. A total of 55,944 children were traced at the end of the year (including previous year) in the country.Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy & Advocacy at CRYsaid, “Going by the current trend reflected in the Government data, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh along with some other states continue to show worrying trends in the magnitude of crime against children. Also, this is a grim reminder of the fact that we, as a country, do not have proper prevention mechanisms in place to address the issue of child protection, nor are we keen on building more empathetic understanding and intervention plans adequately backed up by sustained investment on child security.”
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NCRB data reveals Delhi cops go soft on own men

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau suggests that Delhi Police is rather lenient in handling crimes committed by its own men. In a surprising revelation, 136 criminal cases were registered against Delhi Police personnel in 2016, of which only 42 were arrested. The NCRB data further shows that of these, only two cases were chargesheeted.The data also revealed that 20 persons escaped from the Delhi Police’s custody last year, of which five escapees were chargesheeted.Also, in 2016, one case of disappearance or death in the Delhi Police’s custody was recorded and a magisterial enquiry was ordered. A case was also registered against the police personnel in connection with the death. However, as per the data, no chargesheet was filed in the case, and neither was any policeman convicted.Last week, Praja Foundation had revealed that the number of complaints received in 2015 against the police force was 12,913, of which 346 were declared false. Only 145 criminal cases were registered but no policeman got arrested. The same year, of the 1,057 cases registered against the police, 62 per cent were either withdrawn or disposed of, while 69 were dismissed, and in 292 cases major punishment was awarded, it said.A number of incidents were reported in 2016 where rogue policing came to light. In December 2016, a head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station. The act was caught on a CCTV camera. In the same month, a constable and five others, including three women, were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees in Burari area.Two months before this, in October, an inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case for fake coin manufacturing.These apart, in September, three cops from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell were dismissed for extorting money, and in August, a head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar area.NCRB DATA – 2016 136 criminal cases registered against Delhi cops.42 arrests made.2 cops chargesheeted.Rogue Cop casesDecember: A head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station when the act was caught on CCTV.Another constable and five others, including three women, were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees.October: An inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case of fake coin manufacturing.September: 3 cops from the Special Cell were dismissed for extorting moneyAugust: A head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar.
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Rajasthan crime graph shows steady rise

The state that was considered one of the best for leading a secured life, could be heading for a separate path. With a population of six crore living in the state, it does not mark good to the state’s image when considering that the state stood on the fifth pedestal in the country in number of crimes committed in 2016. The statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shocking facts about the law and order and crime in the state.Interestingly, a dip has been registered in the incidences from 2014, 2015 and 2016. Where in 2014, a total of 2,10,418 incidences were registered, the same decreased in 2015 to 198080 incidences which in 2016 has further decreased to 180398 incidences. However, the state is still on the fifth pedestal in crimes in India.Rajasthan is the eighth state in country with most murders with 1551 murders, the state stands 10th in attempts to commit murders (1632). It is also fifth in incidences of deaths by negligence with a whopping 9345 incidents.WOMEN IN STATEWhile a pandora’s box has been opened with the movie Padmawati and various social organisations have come out openly against the movie, citing honour of women in state, the statistics paint a grim picture for women in Rajasthan. Registering fourth most crimes against women in country, in 2016 a whopping 27422 incidents were reported against women in state. Notably, this is far below the numbers for the year 2014 wherein 31216 incidents were registered, third highest in country.
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Crimes against foreigners in the city sees a decline

In what could be a major drawback for foreign tourists, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in their crime statistics have ranked Maharashtra as second after Delhi in which foreigners have been victims of crime. A total of 382 foreigners were targeted in 2016 with cases of theft and robbery being the serious offences reported. In 2014, a total of 486 foreigners were reported as victims of crime in India.According to the NCRB data, in 2016, Delhi Union Territory (UT) recorded 154 cases followed by 38 cases in Maharashtra. Goa, a major tourist destination, recorded only 22 cases in 2014.Advocate YP Singh, former IPS officer, said, “A lot of foreigners visit Mumbai and its neighbhouring cities. They either get duped or their belongings are stolen or thefts take place. Though the crime rate has decreased since past two years, foreign tourists must be educated and the police should ensure the safety of the foreigners.”
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Delhi stands first, Mumbai second in most violent crimes

With a total of 6,096 cases of violent incidents reported in Mumbai, the city ranks second after Delhi which reported 15,297 cases in 2016. Maharashtra reported a total of 42,468 violent crime cases last year. Mumbai stands second after Delhi in cases of sexual exploitation against women.According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 2,299 murder cases were registered in Maharashtra of which 147 cases were reported in Mumbai. The city also reported 712 cases of rape in 2016, with Delhi at a record of 1,996 cases.A total of 473 cases of rioting were reported in Mumbai, and stands after Patna reporting 565 cases. There were 1,145 cases of robbery in Mumbai, while Delhi recorded the highest with 4,560 cases.In 2016, of the 19 metropolitan cities, 647 cases of senior citizens being cheated were reported, of which 336 cases were registered in Mumbai, followed by Delhi in which 108 cases were registered. Moreover, a total number of cases registered by senior citizens being robbed off was more in Mumbai with 373 cases followed by 91 cases in Delhi and 46 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra stood fourth in violent crime cases after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar.
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Gujarat tops in fake Rs 2000 note seizures

A total of 39,725 fake Indian currency notes (FICN) were seized from Gujarat in 2016, the second highest number of seizures among states, behind Delhi, where 1.4 lakh notes worth Rs5.65 cr were seized.As per the NCRB data, Gujarat seized the maximum number of fake notes of Rs 2000, with around 1,300 notes, followed by Punjab (548) and Karnataka (254).The Gujarat police registered a total of 68 complaints related to FICN in 2016, and a total of 83 accused were nabbed.Of the 39,725 fake notes seized, 1300 were of Rs2000 denomination, 11,706 were Rs1000 notes, 15,900 were Rs500 notes, 9,561 were of Rs100, 231 were of Rs50, 13 were of Rs20 and 14 were of Rs10 denomination.FAKE NOTE COUNT2.8L worth Rs15.92 cr seized across the country 2016 1.1L worth Rs5.65 cr: Delhi 39,725 worth Rs2.37 cr: Guj 32,869 worth Rs2.32 cr: West Bengal 14,541 worth Rs92L: AP 14,228 worth Rs80L: K’taka
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Maximum city, minimal safety

Contrary to common belief that Mumbai is one of the safest cities in India, the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that after Delhi, most numbers of cases of sexual assault on women are registered in Mumbai. The Maximum City also ranks second as far as registration of rape cases is concerned compared to 18 other metropolitan cities, the NCRB data revealed.According to the NCRB, 13,803 cases of sexual assault on women were reported in Delhi in 2016, followed by 5,128 cases registered in Mumbai. Total crimes against women in Mumbai rose from 3974 in 2014, to 4819 in 2015, and 5128 in 2016. The city, therefore, saw a rise of 6.4 % in crimes against women in 2016, compared to the previous year.Mumbai also ranks second in the number of kidnapping, rape and assault cases on women in India.In Delhi, 1,996 cases of rape were reported in 2016, followed by 712 cases registered in Mumbai and 354 cases registered in Pune.Delhi tops the list in cases of assault on women with 3,746 cases, followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases and Bengaluru with 820 cases.Of the 2,183 cases of assault on women recorded in Mumbai, in 38 cases women were victims of voyeurism, in 359 cases women reported that they were stalked, and 454 cases were of outraging the modesty of women.In 2016, a total of 31,388 cases of crime against women were registered in Maharashtra.Former IPS officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh said, “Mumbai being a glamour town, most of the cases reported are due to broken love affairs. The reporting and registering of the sexual assault cases have increased as women are more aware to report any wrongdoings. But I feel women are very safe in Mumbai as compared to other metropolitan states.”Dr Vijaya Rahatkar, Chairperson, State Women’s Commission, said, “The numbers issued by the NCRB which shows Mumbai being on the second number in the number of sexual assault cases. The police should work towards providing safety to women.”
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With 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRB

Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of heinous crimes such as murder and those against women in 2016, according to the data of the National Crime Records Bureau released today.UP, the country’s largest state, reported the highest number of cases of murder – 4,889 – accounting for 16.1% followed by Bihar where 2,581 (8.4%) murders took place last year.UP registered 14.5% (49,262 cases) of total cases of crime against women followed by West Bengal 9.6% (32,513 cases) during 2016.Rape cases recorded an increase of 12.4% from 34,651 cases in the country in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016.Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 cases (12.5%) and 4,816 (12.4%) followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7%) last year, the NCRB data said.UP recorded 9.5% of the total IPC crime reporter in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7%).A total of 37,37,870 people were arrested in the country in 2016 for various crimes while a total of 32,71,262 people were chargesheeted, 7,94,616 were convicted and 11,48,824 people were acquitted or discharged.
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Gudiya gangrape-murder puts spotlight on women safety in HP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An odd five kilometres along what can be termed as a semblance of a road that leads uphill from the road to Kotkhai, is a newly constructed tap next to a pond. The water inside it is yet to come in, and it is likely to come in on the 19th. The tap was made in the memory of a 14-year-old who would walk past that very road every day to reach her school. The gangrape and murder of the girl, who has come to be known as Gudiya today, stirred the conscience of the state in the wake of the incident that took place in July.Two days after she disappeared on her way home on July 4, the minor girl’s body was found in a forest nearby by her relatives. Recalling that moment, the girl’s father finds his solace in anger.“One should have seen my daughter’s body when I found her; there were no clothes on her, not even her socks. I saw my daughter like that, one cannot even imagine. We later found out that she was strangulated, and her arms and legs were broken. Why would anyone do that,” said her father, Kishan Thakur*.The case is now locked in the political battle amidst the state’s assembly elections. BJP leaders, including chief Amit Shah, has evoked the case time and again in his rallies and the party’s ‘vision document’ also makes mention of a ‘Gudiya’ fund, of a 24/7 mobile app, and a women’s police force. The Congress, who seemed to have lost a lot of face owing to the incident, has made a mention of a safety app for women.The safety and security of women has taken precedence in the state for the first time where 49% of the voters are women. In fact, in Hamirpur district, under which the constituency of BJP CM Prem Kumar Dhumal falls, all the five constituencies have more women voters than men. In all, of the 68 constituencies, 12 have more women voters than men. Of their 68 candidates each, BJP has fielded six women while the Congress has three, a statistic that remains handy with the BJP’s leaders. Yet, one of the BJP’s strongest contenders from Kotkhai, Neelam Sarek, who was instrumental in the agitation that ensued the case, along with the CPI(M) leaders, had to make way for Narendra Bargata owing to the party’s internal politics.While he unveiled the ‘vision document’ in Shimla on October 29, dna asked finance minister Arun Jaitley about the utility of safety apps, which have not shown any positive consequence in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. “It is a thought at this point of time; technology has been moving forward, and I believe that technology can be harnessed to ensure the safety of women,” said Jaitley.The Congress seem to be reeling under the effects of the case, and CM Virbhadra Singh’s comment on how common these cases are have angered voters across the state. In reply to these, Congress leader Anand Sharma says that the case was unfortunate, but that the BJP is exploiting it for political gain. “The case needs to be dealt with an iron hand, no doubt. But the BJP is pointing to it without looking at the crime statistics of the NCRB. Himachal Pradesh, unlike states like Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, is a peaceful state. The PM forgets the crime rates in the Capital which lies under his nose,” says Sharma.In their house in Kotkhai, the parents are looking for answers. They remember their daughter as quiet and obedient. That day, she was supposed to stay back at a friend’s place after a school tournament, but changed her mind. Her brother, who saw her off, stayed back at his friend’s place. It was only when he came back the next evening on July 5 that they realised that she was missing. A search party set off at 4am on the morning of July 6, and found her body in Halaila. Thakur says that her body bore no trace of blood and showed no trace of a struggle.“One of her socks were missing, so were two of the four clips she would wear on her hair. I found one near her body, and another on her. I think they killed her and cleaned her body to dump it there,” says the father.“She was very kind-hearted and loved us a lot,” says her mother, giving way to tears.Thakur blames the police for a botched up investigation; after the CBI took over six policemen have been arrested for the death of one of the accused, Suraj Singh, in custody. He questions the CM as the faces of six men which were uploaded on his Facebook, was taken down a few minutes later.“If these men were not involved, why did they not file a defamation case. The police tried their best to hush up the case,” he says. He adds that he does not believe that the Nepali men, who were later arrested, are involved.Thakur says that while leaders from both the Congress and BJP has visited his home, he is not swayed by either. The wife of the CM, former MLA Pratibha Singh came to his house a week after the incident to hand over a cheque of Rs 25,000.“I do not care about the money or the support from any party, I have now rested my fate with the CBI. My only demand is that the rapists be hanged,” he says.(* — name changed)

Incidents like Fatehpur Sikri attack negatively impact our image: KJ Alphons writes to Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The attack on a Swiss couple at Fatehpur Sikri could have a negative impact on the image of the country, Union Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons said in a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today.The incident, which took place on Sunday, came to light a day after the conclusion of the ‘Paryatan Parv’, India’s biggest tourism festival which aimed at increasing the tourist footfall in the country.”You would kindly appreciate that such incidents negatively impact our image and are detrimental to our efforts in promoting India as a tourism destination,” Alphons wrote in his letter to Adityanath.
ALSO READ Swiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikhri: Yogi Adityanath orders probeQuentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz (24), who came to India on September 30, were allegedly attacked by a group of men near the railway station at Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh. The Swiss nationals were reportedly left bloodied and bruised by the attackers.In his letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Alphons said he was “deeply concerned” over the attacks.
ALSO READ What happened to anti-Romeo squads? Akhilesh slams Adityanath govt over attack on tourists at Fatehpur Sikri”A fast and speedy response in identifying and ensuring speedy action, including conviction of the guilty, would be reassuring, as also a good message of our efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” the minister wrote.Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who held the tourism portfolio before the recent reshuffle and who played a significant role in organising the ‘Paryatan Parv’, also said the incident was a matter of shame for the country.”I think the foreign minister has reacted to it. It is a matter of law-and-order, but as the culture minister and a human being, I condemn the attack on the foreign tourists. It is unfortunate and should not have happened. It is a matter of shame for us,” he told PTI.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought information from the Uttar Pradesh government on the incident.Meanwhile, the Swiss couple is on the way to recovery, the doctors at the hospital where they were admitted have said. While Clerc has been shifted to a cabin from the ICU, Droz, who has a fractured arm, has been discharged after treatment.According to the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against foreign tourists had reduced by 29.4 per cent in 2015 as against the previous year.In 2014, 384 of such cases were reported from across the country, the NCRB said, adding that the number came down to 271 in 2015.These findings are part of the first analytical report of the NCRB on crimes against foreign tourists. The bureau has been profiling such crimes since 2014.

Gangraped woman brings severed ear as proof, forces UP Police to file case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an incident that shows the police apathy towards rape survivors, a UP woman brought a severed ear as proof to get her FIR registered in Gonda.According to an HT report, the woman took the extreme step after the police didn’t file the case against her neighbours.After two failed attempts, the woman allegedly chopped off the ear of her neighbour and brought it to the office of SSP.This forced the cops to register the case. The woman alleged that four of her neighbours barged into her house in night and raped her.The cops have now registered a case against three people, including one Ravi of Dhatauli village, for allegedly gang-raping the woman. The Gonda Police said the severed ear belonged to him.More than 30,000 rape cases were registerd in the country last year with Delhi topping as the rape capital.According to the NCRB 2014 report, while India recorded an increase of 65% in rape cases from 2010 (22,172) to 2014 (36,735), UP recorded an increase of 121% from 2010 (1,563) to 2014 (3,467).

For efficiency, NCRB merges with BPR&D

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the flagship unit of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has been merged with the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D). The NCRB was established in 1986 with a mandate to empower Indian Police with information technology solutions and criminal intelligence in a bid to enable them to enforce the law effectively,The MHA issued an order in this regard on Friday, which said: “In order to improve administrative efficiency and optimal utilisation of resources of BPR&D and NCRB, the competent authority has decided to merge both the organisations with immediate effect.” The order, issued by Raman Kumar Under Secretary, clearly specifies that NCRB Director Ish Kumar will now report to BPR&D Director General MC Borwankar.Reacting to the merger of the two organisations, Borwankar said, “The NCRB mandate is to collect data and they did not have a research wing unlike BPR&D. With both organizations merged, it will help in efficiently researching policing matters and eventually improve law enforcement and correctional administrations.”She also said that NCRB’s important project, Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), will give a back up to research carried out in these fields. “It will have lot of potential,” she stated. CCTNS is a project for creating a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-Governance.BPR&D has contributed for the development of State Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) by strengthening their human resources through training and research. BPR&D, which also comes under MHA, is a think-tank as well as a research and training organization dedicated for the development of law enforcement and correctional administration in the country.Timeline1994: NCRB starts the Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS) to extract data pertaining to Crime and Criminal and Property as received from State Crime Records Bureaus. It has a database of approximately 4,33,78,448 records.2004: Starts Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) which helps in significant reduction in manual records/register maintenance at police stations, elimination of duplicate and inconsistent record keeping, facilitates maintenance of criminals’s details and keeps track of the case status.2009: Starts CCTNS projected that connects approximately 12794 police stations and 6000 higher offices.2016: NCRB receives “Digital India Award 2016-Silver Open Data Championship” from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for uploading of crime statistics.2017: Data is captured through Common Application Software under CCTNS project.2018: They will start keeping data pertaining to mob lynching and mob violence cases.

Hit by drought and debt, Indian farmers protest with human skulls and rats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, March 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indian farmers hit by drought and debt displayed the skulls of fellow farmers believed to have committed suicide, and placed live rats in their mouths at a protest on Monday calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save them from starvation. The farmers, who travelled to the Indian capital from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, say lack of rains over the last year have led to crop failure, forcing many to take loans from banks and moneylenders to survive. “These skulls are all that remains of our brothers who killed themselves because they could not repay their debts,” said P. Ayyakannu, president of South Indian Rivers Linking Farmers Association, sitting by a row of eight human skulls. “It has come to the stage where hundreds of farmers are committing suicide due to the pressure of not being able to repay these loans, yet our prime minister is doing very little. We are here to demand Modi help us and write-off these debts.” The Thomson Reuters Foundation could not verify if the skulls on display at the protest in Delhi’s city centre belonged to farmers who had committed suicide. Tens of thousands of Indian farmers have killed themselves over the last decade – by drinking pesticides or hanging themselves from trees – as unseasonal rains and drought combined with lower global commodity prices have hurt farm incomes. More than 12,600 farmers and agricultural labourers committed suicide in 2015 alone – making up almost 10 percent of all suicides in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Almost 60 percent of the suicides were caused by bankruptcy and indebtedness or farming-related issues, said the NCRB, and almost three-quarters of victims were farmers cultivating land plots of less than two hectares (five acres). EAT RATS Since sweeping to power almost three years ago, Modi has introduced a national crop damage insurance scheme, promised to improve irrigation and input subsidies to farmers if a third of their crop is damaged. But farmers’ unions say the implementation of these measures has been slow. In searing midday heat, over 100 farmers dressed in green turbans and loin cloths sat bare-chested on the roadside. They chanted slogans and shared stories of watching their rice and cotton crops wither away, and spoke of borrowing money to pay their children’s school fees, buy food and even to repay existing debts. Some held up large white rats and placed the squirming rodents between their teeth — saying they would be forced to eat them in order to avoid starvation. “This is not just about the farmers in Tamil Nadu, but about farmers all over India. We are all facing the same problems,” said Rakesh Tikait, president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, a union representing thousands of farmers in northern India. “We want the government to write-off all our loans, introduce a profitable prices for all agricultural products, and provide proper compensation for crop losses due to the drought.” Tikait said it was also necessary for the government to follow through on pledges to interlink river systems as a means of increasing water availability to drought-hit farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Tripura to Maharashtra,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>he said the Indian farmer is facing acute adversity and farmers from South India are reeling under severe drought this year. He said a large group of farmers from Tamil Nadu are protesting here at Jantar Mantar displaying skulls and bones of their brethren farmers who have committed suicide. Quoting NCRB figures on farmer suicides, Punia said, Maharashtra (4,291), Karnataka (1,569), Telangana (1,400), Madhya Pradesh (1,290), Chhattisgarh (954), Andhra Pradesh (916) and Tamil Nadu (606) reported the maximum number of farmers’ suicides during 2015, which accounted for 87.5 per cent of suicides in the country. He said for the first time in decades, that farm suicides in the North East have also risen four times in just a year. “We had never heard of farm suicide deaths from the North East, but according to NCRB data, northeast has seen more than four-fold jump in farmers’ suicides from 21 in 2014 to 95 cases last year,” he said. On the question that UP Chief Minister has banned red beacons on cars for VIPs, Punia said the new Congress government in Punjab was the first one to take a decision to do away with red and blue beacons. “It is a good decision and I think rest of the country must follow it,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

10% dip in female foeticide gives no reason for cheer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those states that top the charts for most cases registered under female foeticide, have a parallel record of lower sex ratio at birth (SRB), much lower than the national average of 950 females per 1000 males. Incidents of female foeticide are rife across the country. Data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) states that there has been a mere ten per cent decrease in the registered crimes on a year-on-year basis.NCRB started maintaining data on foeticides as late as 2014. Across India, in 2014, it recorded 50 cases, while in 2015, 45 cases were reported. Data for 2016 was not available, according to a written response submitted by the Minister of State for Health, Anupriya Patel in Lok Sabha.In an analysis conducted by DNA, the states with more number of cases registered have a lower than national average SRB.Haryana tops the chart for cases registered under female foeticide with ten in 2015. Despite of a national drop in case, it records an increase as compared to four cases registered in 2014. Also, Haryana is dubious for having the worst sex ratio at birth (SRB), standing at 836 females per 1000 males, according to the latest National Family Health Survey-4 data. It is a whopping 114 points below the national average, assuming that death of over a hundred girls has gone unaccounted for in the state in 2015-16.In Punjab, seven cases were registered in 2014, while six were registered in 2015. It has the second worse SRB at 860. While in 2014, Rajasthan had recorded eleven cases, it reduced to four in 2015. It has recorded an SRB of 887. Uttar Pradesh had recorded four such cases in 2014, which increased to six in 2015. UP has SRB of 927. Cases in Maharashtra increased from one in 2014 to five in 2015. Also, the SRB in the state is as low as 924.The can of worms was opened earlier this month after Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, known for conducting sex detection and abortion, was arrested by Sangli district police in Maharashtra. These statistics may well just be the tip of an iceberg, as the police had recovered nineteen aborted foetuses found dumped in the district.Many foeticides may be going unreported to the police, owing to the clandestine nature of the crime. Madhya Pradesh has eight cases recorded in 2015, a decrease from fifteen in 2014, with SRB of 927.Patel said, “Small family norm coupled with easy availability of sex determination tests may be a catalyst in declining child sex ratio. The government has enacted the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection), Act, 1994 for prohibition of sex selection.”The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare asks for a quarterly progress report from all states and Union Territories on the implementation of the PCPNDT Act.Till date, 56,079 diagnostic facilities have been registered under the Act. 2,316 court cases have been filed in district courts for violating provisions, like not maintaining proper documentation or indulging in illegal sex selection activities. 388 convictions have been secured under the Act and medical licenses of 108 doctors have been suspended by medical councils of various states. Of all these cases, 294 were filed against unregistered diagnostic centres and a total of 1,683 sonography machines have been seized.Highlighting the highly sexist society that we exist in, the response stated, “Some of the reasons for female foeticide are preference for a son and the belief that it is only he who can perform the last rites, that lineage and inheritance run through the male line. Exorbitant dowry demand is another reason.”Some of the better states in India, who have a robust sex ratio, are Himachal Pradesh (1,078), Kerala (1,047), Odisha (1,036), Dadra Nagar & Haveli (1,013) and Jharkhand (1,002). Except Himachal Pradesh none of these states have reported any cases as per NCRB data.

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