Andhra Pradesh topped the list in dowry cases in 2012, with 2,511, while Odisha was second with 1,487 cases recorded under the Dowry Prohibition Act.
Madhya Pradesh was in the top of the list for domestic violence with 9,536 cases followed by Tamil Nadu, which recorded 3,838 cases under the Domestic Violence Act 2005 in 2012, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Karnataka (1,328), Bihar (1,353) and Jharkhand (1,066) also reported quite a large number of dowry cases, while Andhra Pradesh reported 2,150 cases of domestic violence for the year 2012.
The NCRB data shows an increasing trend of dowry and domestic violence cases in most of the states barring Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura which reported zero cases under the Dowry Prohibition Act, the women and child development ministry said in a reply to the Lok Sabha on Friday.
Similarly, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry and Chandigarh reported zero cases of domestic violence.
Overall, a total of 9,038 cases under the Dowry Prohibition Act were registered in 2012, while 16,309 cases were registered under the Domestic Violence Act 2005 for the same period.