Politicians such as Raj Thackeray might chose to stereotype the state, but official data demolishes the label cast on Bihar. The state ranks low in crime against women in comparison to the other states.
What is alarming, though, is the rise in crimes against women nationwide. The National Crime Records Bureau shows a 40% rise in cases like rape in five years from 2006.
As many as 2.3 lakh cases of such crimes were reported from all over the country in 2011. In 2006, the figure was 1.6 lakh.
The crime on women, as rate of total crimes in 2011, is a disquieting 19%. It is 14.7% in 2006.
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray had on Sunday accused the migrants from Bihar for the gangrape in Delhi.
But with 10, 231 cases of crime on women (4.5% of total), Bihar stands at ninth position in the country, the NCRB data for 2011 shows.
West Bengal with 29, 133 (12.7 %) and Andhra Pradesh with 28, 246 cases (12.4 %) top the list in 2011. Uttar Pradesh comes next with 22, 639 cases.
At same time, Maharashtra has recorded 15, 728 such crimes. Even a small state Assam has 11, 503 crimes committed on women.
But Delhi takes the cream of crime on women. 4,489 is the number of offences on women reported from the city in 2011 — the highest of 88 cities.
Bangalore comes a distant second with 1,890 cases and Hyderabad follows closely with 1,860 cases.
Bihar has been consistent in the crime on women graph. Five years earlier, in 2006, the state recorded 6740 crimes on women — 4.1% of such crimes countrywide.
However, in overall incidence of violent crimes, Bihar stands second in the country next only to Uttar Pradesh.
In 2011, 26, 003 cases of violent crime, a bulk of them riots, were reported in Bihar while UP has 32, 987 crimes.