More than 19 cases of child rape are reported in India every day. Worse still, figures made available by the National Crime Records Bureau show that the number of such cases registered with the police has been rising for the last five years, barring a slight dip in 2009.
In 2011, 7,112 such cases were lodged, up from 5,045 in 2007 — a jump of over 40% in five years. The number of people convicted for such crimes has also risen, except for a dip in 2008.
In the last five years, the maximum cases were reported from Madhya Pradesh (5,450), followed by Maharashtra (3,382) and Uttar Pradesh (3,535).
Delhi registered 1,649 cases — a worryingly high number considering the area and population size.
On the other hand, the eight North-eastern states registered a constant decline, except in 2010.