Madhya Pradesh recorded the maximum number of rape allegations last year, according to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) on Wednesday, a taint it lived with last year as well.
The state, with 5,076 cases registered in 2014, saw a17% spike in rape allegations since last year and the state police sees it as a “a positive sign” for it implied that more victims came forward to report the crime.
Madhya Pradesh is followed by Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh with 3,759 and 3,467 cases of rape registered respectively. About 46% rape victims in MP have been minors.
The state has also topped the country’s overall sexual offences list with 15,170 cases out 1,32,939 recorded countrywide, according to the NCRB. “It’s a positive change,” said additional director general of police (crimes against women cell) Aruna Mohan Rao.
Experts, however, disagreed. National Law Institute University’s (NLIU) associate professor Tapan Mohanty said the numbers proved that the fear of the police among people was on the wane.
He said in most part of the state, people still had a feudal mindset and wouldn’t hesitate forcing themselves on women, indirectly hinting at incest rapes.
Across the country, a total of 36,735 alleged rapes took place across the country in 2014. In 2013, the figure was 33,707.
The number of reported crimes against women across India increased to over 3.3 lakh — or 56 incidents per lakh women — but the rate of increase has decreased. There was a sharp rise in reported crimes against women between 2012 and 2013, possibly as a result of increased awareness following the December 2012 gang-rape, but the increase was sharply lower between 2013 and 2014.
A downward trend is also seen in the number of reported rape cases in which the offender was known to the victim. In 2014, it was at 86%, substantially lower than in past years when the proportion was 94% or higher.