Madhya Pradesh has the maximum number of cases against juveniles accused of rape, assault on woman and kidnapping, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, 2015.
The state, where 10,442 juveniles were apprehended in 2015, is followed by Maharashtra (9,758) and Rajasthan (3,489) in the report that was released on Tuesday.
The report said 52,459 juveniles were apprehended across the country.
MP at second position with 8,937 juveniles after Maharashtra
In NCRB’s 2014 report, Madhya Pradesh was at second position with 8,937 juveniles after Maharashtra with 9,145 juveniles.
According to the latest report, the number of cases registered in the state against juveniles accused of attempt to murder, causing death due to rash driving, death due to negligence, unnatural offence and offence under the Arms Act increased.
While cases registered against juveniles accused of murder, rape and assault on women with intent to outrage their modesty decline.
Madhya Pradesh also stood first with the highest number of cases registered against juveniles accused of rape with total 282 cases followed by Maharashtra 247 and Rajasthan 166.
In list of cases registered against juveniles accused of kidnapping, the state topped with 299 cases followed by Bihar 298 and Chhattisgarh 230.
Besides, the state topped in highest number of cases registered against juveniles for assaulting woman with intent to outrage her modesty with 364 cases followed by Maharashtra 347 and Chhattisgarh 105. In 2014 also, the state topped the list with 425 cases.
In cases of Arms Act against the juveniles, there was also a rise in the state with total 46 cases registered in 2015 against 33 in 2014. It topped the country with Bihar followed by Uttar Pradesh 24 and Rajasthan 20.
Juvenile justice system is totally ineffective: Activist
Child rights activist Prashant Dubey told HT that the state’s defunct juvenile justice system was behind the rise of cases against juveniles.
“The juvenile justice system is totally ineffective. Structures for the juvenile justice are almost non-functional in the state, which is resulting in the rise of criminal cases against juveniles,” said Dubey.
“In 27 out of the 51 districts, forum of Childs Welfare Committee is incomplete, which itself is evident about the state of the juvenile justice system.
“Apart from this, the state government is totally negligent towards this and there are no reforms made in the juvenile justice system due to which the society and the system as a whole have failed to prevent juveniles from entering into the crime world,” Dubey said.