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Rape in Madhya Pradesh still highest in country

Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, June 12, 2013
First Published: 22:28 IST(12/6/2013) | Last Updated: 22:30 IST(12/6/2013)

Madhya Pradesh has achieved another shocking low as incidents of rape of children have risen by as much as 30% in a single year.

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The figures of crime for year 2012, released by the National Crime Record Bureau on Wednesday shows that while MP continues to top the chart of rapes of women and children in country, the incidents against children have really zoomed in span of a single year.

The total number of rape incidents against children in year 2012 stands at 1632 in state, compared to 1262 in year 2011 – a rise of 29.31%.

Also the overall incidents of crime against children in state have shown a rise by almost 18% with 5168 cases registered in year 2012. This figure is second highest in country as UP with 6033 cases tops the list in this regard. In MP, the figure was 4383 in year 2011.

As for general cases of rape (among adults), Madhya Pradesh still continues to be worst off in country having recorded 3425 rape cases – 13.74% of all rape cases in year 2012. Rajasthan and West Bengal with 2049 and 2046 cases are way behind the state in this context. The state has been topping the chart of rape cases since last several years now.

The number of rape cases however has gone up only marginally in state compared to 2011 when 3404 rapes had been registered, an increase of merely 0.61%.

The overall cases of crime against women have also increased in state from 16599 in 2011 to 16832 in 2012 (rise of 1.4%), which is fourth highest in entire country. The state contributes 6.89% of all crime against women in country.

INDORE WORST OFF

As far as cities within the state in concerned, Indore has shown the worst record with 922 cases of crime against women and 270 cases of rape child rapes in year 2012. Bhopal follows Indore in matter of crime against women  (641) while Gwalior has second highest incidents of crime against children at 201.

Archana Sahay of Bhopal Child Line said that while the rise in figures of rapes and overall crime against women and children on one hand shows the increasing sensitivity of the police department to such cases, on the other it strongly highlights the need for preventive action, especially in context of the children. She said that due to continued training, police personnel have now started registering almost all reported cases, which causes statistics to soar. “But cases would be reported only when they happen and thus the focus now has to be on prevention with help of society, NGOs and different government departments, Sahay said.


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