For the fifth year in a row, Madhya Pradesh has been adjudged one of the most unsafe places in the country for women and children.
Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Tuesday revealed that 35 cases of sexual abuse and crimes against children were reported every day in the state last year. It also topped the female foeticide list with 17 cases, followed by Haryana with 14.
According to the NCRB report, Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases (4,391), followed by Maharashtra (4,144) and Rajasthan (3,644). It came second in the sexual offences list, putting up 12,887 cases as compared to Maharashtra’s 16,987.
The state’s overall crime rate stood at 348.3, much higher than the national average of 234.
Madhya Pradesh has been topping the sexual offences list for the last ten years. There was a slight respite this year, with the number of rapes and total sexual abuse cases decreasing by 11% and 15% respectively – as compared to 2014. Back then, the state reported 5,076 rapes and 15,170 instances of sexual abuse.
But Aruna Mohan Rao, ADG of the crimes against women department, claimed that sexual abuse numbers in Madhya Pradesh were high because the state police make it a point to conduct a “fair” investigation. “Also, we can’t play much of a role when 94% of the rape accused are known to the victims,” she said.
Madhya Pradesh also came third in terms of dowry deaths (with 664 cases) and acid attacks (with 14).
According to the NCRB report, 12,859 instances of crime against children were reported from Madhya Pradesh as opposed to 13,921 from Maharashtra. With a count of 1,687, Madhya Pradesh came second in the number of cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.