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‘Jammu and Kashmir extremely safe destination for women travelling alone’

Thanks to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), tourism honchos are cashing in on the positive indicators about women safety to promote the sector in order to ensure the increased footfalls of tourists to the valley.The 2016 NCRB report has revealed that Jammu and Kashmir recorded zero crimes against the foreigners, bringing smiles on the sullen faces of the tourism players in the valley.According to NCRB report, 382 crimes were committed against foreigners in India, of which 154 were committed in Delhi alone. Accordingly, 12 foreigners were murdered, 19 raped, 19 robbed and 38 foreign women assaulted in the country.“J&K is an extremely safe destination for women travelling alone. The feedback from women travelers from all over has been tremendous with respect to how safe they felt there”, said Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department.Post Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1100 crore. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last yearFigures reveal around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatries who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed.Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016 because of the post-Burhan Wani killing unrest. Tourism players are hoping that NCRB figures will help in diluting the negative perceptions about Kashmir. “People have apprehensions about visiting Kashmir, but I must tell you that Jammu and Kashmir is one of the safest tourist destinations”, said Priya Sethi, Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for tourism.

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Majority of parents in Mumbai feel their children are safe in school, but concerns remain: Study

While the number of criminal cases against children has increased as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the city parents perceive that there are definite risks facing children in general, but that their own children are protected in most spaces shows CRY study released on Monday.A study was conducted by leading child rights organization CRY-Child Rights and You. With an objective to explore the perceptions around the safety of children, CRY volunteers conducted the survey by interviewing parents on their perception of risks faced by children in Mumbai, in both public and private spaces. Parents of children ranging from ages 3 to 14 years old from both privileged and underprivileged economic backgrounds were interviewed in a door-to-door survey and over the telephone. Parents from slums as well as high-rises were from the areas of Cuffe Parade, Kurla, Kalina, Colaba, Sion, Wadala, Powai, Goregaon and Kandivali.According to NCRB the crime cases against children have increased by more than 500 percent in the last decade. The rate of crimes has increased exponentially from 1.4 in 2005 to 24 in 2016. However, parents perceive that there are definite risks facing children in general, but that their own children are protected in most spaces.Also readNCRB data reveals surge in human trafficking casesParents from both the underprivileged and privileged sections believe that for children in general, sexual abuse and kidnappings are the biggest threat, followed by accidents and bad company. School was clearly considered to be a protected environment, with more than 80% of parents from both sections saying that they felt that their children are safe in school.A mere 13% of privileged and 2% of underprivileged parents acknowledged that there was a risk to their child in school coming from other people. Transportation of a child was a key worrying issue for parents and so 60% of underprivileged parents said that they feared for their children’s safety while using transport, yet the choice of transport was driven more by convenience and financial considerations. Whereas 39% of privileged parents said that there was a risk to their child during travel, and safety was considered as much as a convenience in the choice of transport. Also readIn 94.6% cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRBIn terms of safety at home parents from both sections pointed out that they are confident of their immediate family, relatives, friends and neighbours taking care of their children in their absence. The 41% of underprivileged sections acknowledged the risk at home, while 75% of privileged parents felt there was risk at home. However, once again most parents acknowledged these risks to be more accidental than non-accidental ones (intentional harm/abuse/exploitation/abduction).Kreeanne Rabadi, Regional Director-CRY West says, “The study findings indicate that there needs to be more awareness on child protection, that it goes beyond physical safety. Moreover, Mumbai being a busy metropolis parents are forced to juggle their professional and personal lives to take care of their children, and they create a safety net by involving families, friends and neighbours. We need the government to address the concerns of parents and play an active role in ensuring our children remain safe.”

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184 killed over illicit relationships

In what could give clues to the social demographics in Maharashtra, 2,299 murder cases were committed in 2016, 184 people were killed over illicit relationships – a fact that was revealed in the data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently.In fact, Maharashtra stands third at 184 in murders committed because of illicit relationships, the NCRB data revealed. According to the NCRB, in 2016, Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum number of murders committed because of illicit relationships at 284, followed by Bihar at 195.Delhi, again topped last year in the number of murders due to love affairs, with 398 cases and Maharashtra was on fifth position with 81 cases, which means at least six person died due to love affairs every month in Maharashtra.Other reasons that the data has mentioned behind killings in the state are personal enmity with 199 murders, property related disputes leading to 117 killings, 75 persons being murdered for dowry, 74 persons being murdered due to extremism and naxalism, 34 being killed during robberies and extortion, 39 people being killed in disputes over water or money, 19 due to rape and eight lives were claimed by honour killings.The data also read that 43 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 39 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.”The figure of murder cases in Maharashtra is indeed alarming, but often it has been seen in criminal cases that sour relationships and illicit affairs lead to behavioural changes leading to the crime. Those affected with experiences of love affairs gone awry or illicit relationships should go for counselling instead of choosing a wrong path. Also, we are making concentrated efforts to ensure there is sustained crackdown on those using and smuggling illegal firearms in the state,” said a senior Maharashtra IPS officer, requesting anonymity.CRIME IN NUMBERS2,299Murders committed in Maharashtra 2016184Murders committed over illicit relationships284Murders committed over illicit relationships in UP195Murders committed over illicit relations in Bihar

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Outrage in Hisar as 5-yr-old Dalit raped, brutalised with stick, killed

A five-year-old Dalit girl was abducted, raped, brutalised with a wooden stick and killed in Haryana’s Hisar district, sparking outrage in the area, in a chilling reminder of Nirbhaya’s gang-rape and murder in Delhi five years ago.The mother said she, along with her daughter, went to sleep in her house at Uklana village, about 160 km from Delhi, on Friday night. When she woke up on the next morning, the child was not there, she said. She searched for her in the neighbourhood. Later the body was found in the village.Forensics and sniffer dog squads visited the crime scene. Rape will be confirmed only after the post-mortem report is in, the police said. “It prima facie looks like a case of sexual assault,” Hisar DSP Jitender Kumar, however, said.Autopsy said that the stick had perforated her uterus and intestines. The parents, who work as labourers, agreed to cremate the body on Sunday after the police promised to arrest the accused within 48 hours.”She had been brutalised with a wooden stick. There was blood everywhere… blood was coming out of her mouth, too,” the victim’s uncle said. An FIR has been filed and a Special Investigation Team formed for a thorough investigation. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused.The police are rounding up local criminals, drug addicts and history-sheeters.The horrifying crime comes a week ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Nirbhaya case, a watershed moment for India’s approach to sexual crimes, which had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women.As Opposition parties and locals protested in the area, the administration announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, a BPL card, a house and jobs for two family members of the victim.The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) condemned the crime and said that it was coordinating with the state police to arrest the culprits.For the third year in a row, Haryana has recorded the highest rate of gang-rape per one lakh population in the country, according to the recent report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of 2016.

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Unnatural sex: Kids account for 57% of victims

Children accounted for 57% of the total number of victims in cases registered under section 377 for unnatural offences in 2016, as per the recently-released data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). While there were a total of 2,195 victims in 2,187 cases reported in 2016, there were 1,254 child victims in 1,247 cases.The conviction rate in these cases remained abysmal at below 10%, with only 131 convictions and over 169 acquittals. While 1,386 people were arrested for unnatural offences against children, 1,217 people were charge-sheeted in over 1,081 cases. The police dealt with over 1,302 cases of unnatural offences against children that were pending trial from 2015, and sent 1,081 cases for trial during the year.The total cases registered under section 377 in 2016 (2,187) saw a jump of 38% from 2015 (1,347 cases) and 2014 when 1,148 cases were registered. Uttar Pradesh accounted for more than 45% of the total number of cases registered under section 377 for unnatural offences in 2016 with over 999 cases. Kerala, with 207 cases, came second while Delhi with 182 cases took the third spot.There were 461 (21%) cases of unnatural offences against women registered in 2016, with over 464 victims (21.1%). Of these, 132 cases were pending from the previous year. In the case of women, too, the conviction remained quite low with only seven convictions, and over 16 acquittals. In 2016, there were 502 arrests made, of which 487 were male, and charge-sheets were made in 276 cases with 264 being male.
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Gujarat among worst states for children

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that Gujarat registered a total of 1,120 murder cases in 2016. Of the total murders, 94 were of those aged up to 18 years; 53 of whom were under six years of age — this is the second highest among states. In 2015, the state recorded 1,150 murders, and in 2014, 1,124 murders were recorded.In the total number of murders in 2016, Gujarat ranks 27th among states. A total of 79 murder cases were registered in the state, where 94 victims were children aged between 1 and 18 years. Of them, 53 were children under age six — 30 boys and 23 girls.As per the data, the highest number of children below six were murdered in Maharastra (94), followed by Gujarat and Karnataka, with 53 murders each, and Uttar Pradesh, with 49.Honour & passion killingGujarat is on the third spot in honour killing and fourth in crimes of passion in 2016. A total of 1,493 cases of crimes of passion were registered in the country in 2016; 133 of which were in Gujarat.The highest number of passion killings was recorded in Uttar Pradesh, with 398 murders, followed by Tamil Nadu (180), Bihar (133) and Gujarat, with 133.In honour killing, a total of 71 cases were registered across the country in 2016. The highest number was reported in Madhya Pradesh, with 18 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (16) and Gujarat (10).
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Delhi tops list in crimes against kids

In Delhi, 20 children witnessed a crime in a day and as many as 10 juveniles were apprehended daily, on an average, in 2016. The fact was revealed in a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday which also stated that Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes against children among metropolitan cities.The total number of crimes against children in 2016 was 1,06,958, which is 13.6 per cent more than in the year 2015, which saw 94,172 cases. Statistics reveal that children are increasingly becoming victims of traffickers and sexual predators across the Capital as the total number of cases of crime against children was 7,392 in the year 2016 which includes the 1,392 cases of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.Around 5,770 kids were kidnapped and abducted in the year 2016 and 79 juveniles were the victims of human trafficking. Reports also suggested that Delhi had the highest number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645).Delhi also had the highest number of cases pending trial from 2016 at is 6,329.The Capital also witnessed apprehension of 3,808 children for their involvement in different crimes. A sudden rise in the murders committed by the youngsters was also recorded in Delhi 2016.
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Surat, Ahmedabad in top 10 for IPC crimes

Of the 19 metropolitan cities with populations of more than 20 million, Surat and Ahmedabad have the dubious honour of being in the top 10, as measured by the highest number of IPC crime cases registered.As per data released on Thursday by the National Crime Records Bureau for 2016, around a total of 5.1lakh crime cases have been registered in the 19 cities, led by DelhiSurat came in at 6th position with 19,844 cases while Ahmedabad was in the 9th position with 16,383 cases in 2016.Ahmedabad saw 103 murders in that period, followed closely by Surat with 102. Cases of attempted murder were 65 in Ahmedabad and 44 in Surat, Ahmedabad has 170 cases of causing grievous hurt, while Surat had 190.Ahmedabad was also a far less safe city for women, with 131 cases of assaults against women with intent to outrage her modesty. Surat had less than half of that, with only 55 cases.However, Surat was marginally ahead in rapes, with 121 registered cases versus 112 for Ahmedabad.Kidnappings were also much higher in Ahmedabad, totalling 376, while Surat, the diamond polishing hub of the nation, had 270.Ahmedabad also had more that twice the number of theft than Surat, with 2,624 cases against 1,174.
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Police no longer ignore crimes against children

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Mumbai reported 3,400 cases of crime against children, next only to Delhi which reported 7,392 cases in 2016. Bengaluru reported 1,333. Mumbai, in fact, recorded the second highest cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The city tops in reporting of child labour cases.The NCRB data states that in Mumbai 1,864 children were allegedly kidnapped while in Delhi 5,457 children were kidnapped. Bengaluru recorded 871 cases. While 13 children were murdered in Mumbai, 36 were murdered in Delhi. Pune and Bengaluru registered 10 murder cases each.In 2014, 1456 cases were reported for crime against children in Mumbai, in 2015, 3187 cases were reported. The cases were rising steadily since 2014 and in 2016, 3400 cases were registered for crime against children.A senior IPS officer from Mumbai police department said, “We have ensured that the police officers do not indulge in neglecting cases leading to increasing crime rate against children.”
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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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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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Delhi tops crime chart among 19 major Indian cities , reveals NCRB data

Delhi has reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40%, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) today.The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33% (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women followed by Mumbai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million. The national capital reported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.Delhi accounted for 38.8% of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities followed by Bengaluru (8.9%) and Mumbai 7. 7%. The national capital recorded the highest crime rate 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Chennai has reported highest number of cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes, accounting for 32.9% of total reported cases among the 19 cities, followed by Kochi (12. 9%) and Surat (12.6%) during 2016.Also read61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRBDelhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction – 5,453 cases (48. 3%) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6%) and Bengaluru 879 cases 7. 8% during 2016. The city reported highest number of murder – 479 out of 2,194 cases- (21.8%) followed by Bengaluru 10. 4% (229 cases) and Patna 8.9% (195 cases). Highest number of cases at 35.6% (2,368 cases out of 6,645) of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences 5,942 cases (19.3%) followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases) accounting for 15.4% and 13.6% respectively during 2016. In cyber crimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases – 980 (23.5%) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.
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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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Women cyber complaint portal to be up by March 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The women and child development ministry on Wednesday said that the Cyber Crime Prevention of Women and Children (CCPWC) project, on which the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) are collaborating, will now be operational by March 2018; it was supposed to be completed by December this year.The WCD ministry said that while work on the project is being carried out by the three government agencies, women and children who are facing increasing instances of abuse on online platforms should report it on the Digital Police Portal which was launched last month. The portal has a database of criminals.CCPWC, a project proposed by the MHA under the Nirbhaya Fund, was cleared by the WCD ministry for Rs 244.32 crore in May 2016. Progress on it has been slow and information has been hard to come by. The project involves a platform where complaints can be filed and it will be monitored by the cyber cell of the Home ministry.In March this year, the MHA informed the department-related parliamentary standing committee that is preparing the demand for grants that as part of the project, 36 Cyber Forensics Training Centres will be set up across all states and union territories. Apart from that, 40,500 police officers will be trained across India and a research and development centre will also be established to study cybercrime prevention technologies, to study new tools, and for training and capacity-building.The committee, however, had pulled up the MHA for under-reporting cases of child abuse. “The Committee is aware of the fact that child sexual abuse and related crimes remain overwhelmingly under-reported in this country due to associated stigma and propensity of parents/ guardians to not involve police in these matters. The Committee feels that the process of reporting such crimes needs to be simplified and identity of children involved be protected to ensure that such crimes do not go unreported,” read the report.ABOUT CCPWCCCPWC was proposed by MHA under the Nirbhaya Fund
Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Informatics Centre and the National Crime Records Bureau are collaborating on it
It was cleared by the WCD ministry for Rs 244.32 crore in May 2016

Cow killers get stricter punishment than errant drivers: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court drew a unique analogy over enhancement of punishment in road accident death cases, observing that an errant driver gets a maximum jail term of two years while a cow killer’s sentence ranges from five to 14 years. “Sentence for killing cow is five or seven or 14 years in different states but in case of death of a human being caused by rash or negligent driving (section 304A of IPC), sentence prescribed in law is only two years,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar said. The court has also sought intervention from the executive to change the colonial penal law for enhancing the jail term in road accident cases leading to death. The judge referred to the statistics of such cases as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and said there was a need to have a relook at the law. “Deaths due to road accidents in the country have increased by 5.1 per cent during 2015 over 2014. 53 cases of road accidents took place every one hour during 2015, wherein 17 persons were killed. “Most of the road accidents were due to overspeeding, accounting for 43.7 per cent of total accidents which caused 60,969 deaths and 2.12 lakh persons injured,” the judge said. Referring to the data of Geneva-based International Road Federation, the judge said that India accounted for the highest number of road deaths in the world. “At present, India accounts for 10 per cent of global road accidents with more than 1.46 lakh fatalities annually, the highest in the world,” the judgement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rights body asks state bhavans to set up held desks for kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked all states to set up help desks in their bhavans in Delhi to help rehabilitate victims of child trafficking rescued from the national capital, the rights body said today. The NCPCR is framing guidelines for children rescued from the capital and the NCR region to create a post-rescue standard operating procedure which would help them reunite with their families. NCPCR deliberated at a meeting here on measures that could be taken with nine state resident commissioners – of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It was also attended by child welfare committees from eight states, Childline, a helpline for children, and NGOs working on anti-trafficking issues. “I request all state bhavans to open a help desk for such victims and their families, and all states should appoint nodal officers for this purpose,” NCPCR Chairperson Stuti Kacker said. NCPCR is also looking at how rescued children can be sent back home and in the event of a death, how a body can transported to their hometown. It also plans to compile a resource directory with the contact details of every state s child protection and anti- trafficking units, child welfare committees as well as NGOs concerned. “This is for the first time that such a meeting was held with state bhavans as they are an important aspect of the coordination needed in the post-rescue scenario for these children,” said Supreme Court advocate Ravikant, who also attended the meeting. Ravikant, who runs Shakti Vahini, an anti-trafficking non-profit group, said it was essential that Delhi, being a major hub of trafficking, look into coordination. “After their rescue, these children need translators and a safe place to stay which the bhavans can provide. Also officials from the states who come to take the victims back need the support of the bhavans,” said Ravikant. The meeting also discussed the help that could be given to victims’ families who come to Delhi in search of missing children. They and police escorts from the states could be provided with train tickets and residential accommodation, it was suggested. NCPCR said the guidelines would be finalised soon. According to the 2015 National Crime Records Bureau data, there has been a 73 per cent increase in the registration of cases against traffickers in Delhi. The figure has gone up to 156 cases registered from 23 a year ago. As many as 207 girls were rescued by the police and other agencies in 2015, compared to 32 in 2014. About 60 per cent of the victims were in the age group of 12-16 years and 83.3 per cent of the traffickers were known to the victim. Most of the victims rescued were trafficked from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maneka’s remarks on male suicides taken out of context: WCD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Women and Child Development today said its minister, Maneka Gandhi, advocated equal rights for all citizens and her reported remark on male suicides had been taken out of context. Gandhi was asked during a Facebook live session yesterday, “What is our government doing to reduce higher suicide rate among men, majority of which is due to Gynocentric Gender-Biased laws?” To this, she replied, “Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide? I have not heard/read of a single case.” The ministry said the minister’s response was being judged in isolation and taken out of context. “The Ministry of Women and Child Development and the minister have constantly advocated for equal rights of all citizens of the nation,” it said. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), of the 1,33,623 suicides reported in 2015, as many as 91,528 (68 per cent) were by men. Moreover, 64,534 (74 per cent) of the 86,808 married persons who committed suicide in 2015 were men. A further break-up of the data reveals that 654 married men ended their lives because of ‘non-settlement of marriage’, as against 524 women. Divorce led to 192 men and 199 women committing suicide. The minister held a one-on-one interaction yesterday through a Live Facebook session and reached out to nearly 2,00,000 people. Over 700 questions were received.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Law panel’s recommendations make it easier for undertrials to post bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Getting released on bail may soon become much easier for undertrials, especially for the ones who are cash-strapped, as the Law Commission of India on Wednesday recommended a slew of reformative changes in the bail law. Suggesting various amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code, the commission batted for an early release on bail of undertrials languishing in India’s overcrowded jails.The suggestions assume much significance because, of the 4.16 lakh prisoners in the country, 2.83 lakh prisoners are undertrials. According to the 2015 data of National Crime Records Bureau, 11 states in the country had overcrowded prisons. As first reported by DNA, the law panel recommended to the government to replace surety bond with Aadhaar or PAN card, and it also suggested to the courts not to insist on local sureties for out-of-town accused.The commission made the recommendation after noting that the poor often face problems with getting a surety, who can be held accountable on his behalf if the accused tries to flee. RecommendationsReplacement of surety bond with Aadhaar or Pan card in cases of minor offencesCourts should not insist on local sureties for out-of-town accused personsIntroduction of the “electronically monitored (EM) bail” in India to ensure accused cannot fleeBail plea to be decided by lower courts within a week

Law panel for electronic tagging of accused, but with caution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Law Commission today recommended the “electronic tagging” of people accused of grave crimes, saying it would help reduce pressure on overcrowded jails as well as keep a check on people hoping to evade the law. The commission, however, warned that the system should only be used with the “highest degree of caution” after changing laws. Electronic tagging has the potential to reduce both fugitive rates, by ensuring that a defendant can easily be located, and government expenditure, by reducing the number of defendants detained at state expense. In its report submitted to the law ministry today on “Provisions relating to bail”, the panel quoted a New Zealand law to define electronic tagging or electronically monitored (EM) bail as a mechanism that is also known as a “restrictive” form of bail. “A person on EM bail must remain at a specified residence at all times unless special permission to leave is granted for an approved purpose (such as work). Compliance is monitored via an electronically monitored anklet that must be worn 24 hours a day,” it said. EM bail is available in New Zealand for defendants and young people aged between 12 and 17 years who would otherwise continue to be held in custody in prison while they waited for a court hearing. But at the same time, the Commission warned that electronic tagging had a “grave and significant impact on the constitutional rights” of individuals. “It must be implemented with the highest degree of caution. Such monitoring must be used only in grave and heinous crimes, where the accused person has a prior conviction in similar offences. This may be done by amending the appropriate legislations to restrict the application of electronic tagging…,” it said. It also recommended that section 50 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) be amended to ensure that a person arrested is given in writing, in the language he or she understands, the reasons for the arrest. It also said a person should not continue to remain behind bars as an undertrial because of an incomplete investigation. “A bail condition must not unreasonably violate the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If the prosecution cannot show through evidence that the person accused of an offence is at the risk of absconding, or is likely to commit the same offence, the accused should be considered eligible for release,” it recommended. The Law Commission, headed by Justice (retd) B S Chauhan, said it was of the opinion that anticipatory bail must not only be granted with caution but must also be made operative for a limited period of time. It said undertrials accused of crimes carrying a punishment of seven years in jail should be released on bail if they have spent one-third of that time, or two-and-half years, behind bars while on trial. The Commission also recommended that those who were accused of crimes which attracted a term of over seven years be released on bail if they had spent half of the term behind bars on trial. It said undertrials who could not produce a non-monetary surety — an undertaking by an individual that the undertrial will appear before authorities when required — should be allowed to instead deposit government identity documents such as Aadhaar or PAN cards to get bail. As of now, Section 436 A of the CrPC deals with the maximum period for which an undertrial prisoner can be detained. Under the law, those accused of a crime which is not an offence where the punishment is death should be released on bail if they have been in jail for a period “extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law”. Two-thirds of prison inmates in India are undertrials, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aadhaar may replace surety bond for bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could result in a big relief for lakhs of undertrials languishing in jails across the country for their inability to file surety bonds, the Law Commission of India is all set to recommend replacement of surety bonds with Aadhaar or voter ID cards in case of minor offences. If the recommendation is adopted by the government and necessary legislation brought in, many undertrials will be able to walk out of jails.This and many more suggestions are part of the crucial reforms that the Law Commission is going to suggest to the government for liberalisation of bail laws, sources told DNA. Sources said the suggestion to replace surety bonds with Aadhaar cards and voter IDs has been taken by the Commission after discussions with stakeholders and factoring in the government’s push for Aadhaar cards. The Commission also took note of the fact there are many states in the country where all citizens have voter IDs.Time and again, the courts and even governments have raised the issue of undertrials languishing in jails for years due to their failure to post bail. According to the 2015 data of National Crime Records Bureau, 11 states in the country had overcrowded prisons. There are around 4.16 lakh prisoners in the country out of which 2.83 lakh prisoners are undertrials.At present, even in the case of bailable offences, an accused gets released only after signing a personal bond and after authorities verify the his or her address. This is easy for rich accused persons or accused from the middle class category because their addresses can be easily verified. But in cases where the accused fail to give a proper address, the accused – who are usually below poverty line — are required to produce surety, who can be held in case he/she flees after getting bail.A source, who did not wish to be identified said, “93 per cent of the working population in India is part of the unorganised sector which means that these people are not financially sound. They are labourers, street vendors, hawkers, farmers etc and most of them leave their villages and towns and come to cities for jobs. They face a lot of difficulties when they find themselves on the wrong side of law. They don’t have proper addresses and can’t find people who can stand as surety for them. These reforms, if implemented, will mainly benefit this 93 per cent of the working population.”The Commission, which is likely to submit its report in a week’s time, also feels that the bail bond amount and surety bond amount should be determined strictly in accordance with the financial condition of the accused. A source said that the law panel will also suggest that “if an accused is unable to furnish surety within 30 days of grant of bail, the court may reduce the surety amount.”The Commission is also going to recommend that the courts should not insist on a local surety for out-of-town accused persons.Another suggestion of the Law Commission is for imposition of most “reasonable” conditions on accused during grant of bail by the court. However, the nature of conditions would obviously be determined in accordance with the nature of offence. A Law Commission member, who did not wish to be named, explained, “For instance, if an accused is required to report to a police station every week, that police station should not be far from his residence. We are suggesting that the accused be allowed to report to the nearest police station.”In 2010- 2011, the Congress-led UPA regime, launched a joint initiative with the 24 high courts in the country to secure the release of 5,62,000 undertrials on bail. However, that government could not introduce a legislation or legislative amendment to reform the bail process. In September 2015, the Modi government decided to review laws related to bail by handling the task to the law panel. In the same year, the Supreme court had also said that accused persons should not languish in jail just because he was not able to furnish bail bond. The apex court had also ordered release of undertrial prisoners who have spent half of the maximum sentence prescribed for the offences. The decision was taken in the backdrop of many jails in the country being overcrowded….& ANALYSISIf the recommendations are adopted by the legislature, it will facilitate release on bail of undertrials belonging to the poor sections.
This will also lead to decongestion of prisons, which has been a matter of great concern for long in the country.

Delhi records 19 times more rapes than Bengaluru, 3 times more than Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After making headlines as India’s rape capital, Delhi recorded three times more rapes than Mumbai in 2015, reported Hindustan Times.According to the report, last year, the number in rape cases in the national capital rose to 2,115 against 706 reported in 2012.Citing 2015 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the report said that as compared to Mumbai, Delhi registered thrice the number of rapes, while 19 times more that Bengaluru.In 2015, there were 2,210 rapes in Delhi, 712 in Mumbai and 112 in Bengaluru. Delhi police data on rape victims and rapists accessed and analysed by HT reveal that out of 3,973 rape victims’ profiles, 1,715 girls were raped from 2015 to October 15, 2016.Nearly half the victims were children — some as young as two.A rape is reported in the city every four hours while a woman is molested every two hours. Women between 18 to 25 years are most vulnerable to rape.Meanwhile, Delhi Police has managed to instal just over 4,000 CCTV cameras in the past eight years even though the issue of women’s safety remains a cause of concern.In 2016, the force managed to put up just 85 surveillance cameras despite the crime rate going up by over 9% as against the previous year in the national capital, which has a population of over 1.67 crore.A revised detailed project report of the “Safe City Project”, which will utilise ‘Nirbhaya Fund’, was sent to the Expenditure Finance Committee on December 2, 2016. It has proposed installation of 10,000 CCTV cameras at an estimated cost of Rs 1,225.74 crore.

The bench said, "agriculture is a state subject and the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre will coordinate with all the states and come up with a line of action to address root cause of farmers committing suicide.” It said that looking at the seriousness of the issue, the union government must file the proposed line of action in apex court registry within four weeks. Expressing grave concern over farmer suicides, the apex court had earlier said that it felt the government was going in a “wrong direction” in tackling the real problem. Asking the Centre to apprise it of the policy roadmap to address the burning issue, the court had said the issue of farmers’ suicide was of “extreme importance” and paying compensation to the families of such victims “post-facto” was not the real solution. The ASG had earlier told the court that the government has initiated many schemes for farmers and the 2015 crop insurance scheme would drastically reduce such fateful incidents. He had said other schemes also needed to be strengthened to make farmers feel that the government would stand behind them in distress. The plea was filed by the NGO on the plight of farmers in Gujarat and suicide committed by many of them there. The bench had expanded the scope of the petition to the entire country. The apex court is also seized of another PIL filed by Punjab-based NGO Youth Kamal Organisation through its President Happy Mann on the issue of farmer suicides in which the Centre had in 2015 stated that number of suicide deaths of farmers had declined since 2009 and there were factors other than agrarian which led them to take the extreme step. The affidavit of Ministry of Agriculture had submitted that out of a total of over one lakh suicides in the country in 2013, farmer suicides were recorded at 8.7 per cent. Referring to the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) as per which the number of suicides by persons self-employed in farming/agriculture in 2009 was 17,368 which had come down to 11,772 in 2013. It had submitted that as against the total population of 122 crore (estimated) during 2013, the total number of suicides in the country was 1,34,799, of which suicides under the category of self-employed (farming/agriculture) was 11,772 which is 8.73 per cent of total suicides. Earlier, the apex court had indicated that the suicides may be linked to certain inherent deficiencies in the National Policy for Farmers, 2007, which may be revisited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1,291 cases registered by ACB in last 3 years: Raj minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 1,291 cases were registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Rajasthan in last three years, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said today. Out of the 1,291 cases, 803 cases were of bribery, 165 cases were of disproportionate assets and 423 cases were registered against officials misusing their official positions, he said in the state Assembly here. The minister was responding to Independent MLA from Fatehpur, Nandkishore Maharia, who had called for an attention motion on the ACB allegedly not registering FIRs against corrupt officials within the stipulated time period. Maharia alleged, during the Zero Hour, that despite clear directives by the Supreme Court, the body had failed to register FIRs and accused it of “sheltering corrupt officials.” However, the Home minister stated that Rajasthan ranked second in the number of cases registered against corrupt officials in the country, as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). He said non-cognisable offences (cases wherein a police officer has no authority to arrest without warrant) are forwarded to respective departments, and that the FIRs are registered in cases of serious offences. Meanwhile, citing the 2008 Supreme Court order in ‘Lalita Kumari v/s state of UP’ case, Maharia said ACB cannot forward cases to departments of the corrupt officials and that the body has to register FIRs within prescribed time limit. He alleged that 16,278 corruption cases had surfaced from 2014 to 2016, but the ACB registered FIRs in only 51 cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Take decision on undertrials: Centre to HCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing concern over the increasing number of undertrial prisoners in jails across the country, the government has urged the high courts to take suo motu action for their release after they complete half of their likely term.Section 436A of the CrPC provides that if an undertrial has completed half of the likely term he is likely to get for the crime he has allegedly committed, then he or she can be granted bail with or without surety. It is not applicable on offence for which the punishment of death has been specified as one of the punishments under the law.In a recent letter to chief justices of the 24 high courts, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that they should advise the district judiciary to review all such cases and take suo motu action for their release. “I shall also be grateful if the high court ensures that the undertrial review committee mechanism, for periodic monitoring of undertrial releases, continues to effectively deliver its mandate, so that the basic human rights of the undertrials are not undermined,” he wrote.In September 2014, the Supreme Court had said that states should release all such undertrials who come under the ambit of Section 436A of the CrPC. According to National Crime Records Bureau estimates, 67% of the people in jails are undertrials — those not yet convicted of any crime.At 82.4 per cent, Bihar had the highest proportion of undertrials, followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 81.5, Odisha at 78.8, Jharkhand at 77.1 and Delhi at 76.7.Successive Union Law Ministers and Union Home Ministers have been regularly writing to high courts and state governments to review the status of undertrials.

SP govt failed to curb crime against women in UP: Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing serious concern over a steep rise in crimes against women during the Samajwadi Party rule, Union Minister Smriti Irani today said their dignity will be restored once BJP comes to power in UP. “According to National Crime Records Bureau, UP is on top as far as cases of crime against women are concerned,” Smriti Irani told newspersons here. “There had been 61 per cent rise in cases of crime against women between 2010 and 2015…there has been 161 per cent rise in cases of rape during the Akhilesh Yadav government,” she alleged. “BJP wants to assure all the women of the state that soon after coming to power, BJP will work dedicatedly for their empowerment, honour, security and digniy,” she said. She also referred to the various steps promised in BJP’s manifesto for security of women.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC questions Centre, states over policies for protecting farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday rapped the Centre and the states on the issue of farmers’ suicides in the country and asked them about the measures taken to provide crop-security to the farmers.Taking suo-moto cognizance in the case, the apex court questioned the Centre and state authorities over the policies aimed at protecting the farmers from crop failures due to natural calamities and debts.The apex court said that it was sad and unfortunate that many farmers were committing suicide because of crop failure and indebtedness, adding there was still no national policy in place to protect them.An apex court bench had earlier in 2014 issued a notice to the Gujarat Government acting on a petition that sought compensation of Rs. five lakh for the families of 692 farmers, who reportedly committed suicide in the state between January 2003 and October 2012. They later converted this petition into a PIL and said that this would cover the entire country.The Supreme Court had earlier this month issued notice to the Centre and seven states – West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – seeking their response to a PIL demanding that lands acquired for special economic zones be returned to the farmers in case of non-utilisation.In the last two decades, the number of suicides by the farmers in different parts of the country has been increasing at an alarming rate.According to the newly released data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), farmer suicides rose by 42 percent between 2014 and 2015. While there were 5,650 suicides in 2014, the figure increased to 8,007 in 2015.

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