Alwar, Ajmer, Udaipur top in crimes against minors
Official data shows Alwar is followed by Ajmer with 82 cases. Barmer and Udaipur have 81 eachUpdated: May 16, 2018 22:04 IST
Alwar district, where a seven-month-old girl was raped by a 19-year-old neighbour last week, recorded the highest number of 91 cases of sexual offences against minors in 2017, as per the Rajasthan Police department.
This, when the police department shows that cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) have declined overall in state.
A total of 1,655 cases were registered in 2017, which is a 28% dip as compared to 2016 when 2,300 such cases were registered. The total number of cases in 2015 was 2210.
The Crime Branch data shows that Alwar was followed by Ajmer with 82 cases registered under the POCSO Act in 2017. Barmer and Udaipur jointly shared the third spot with 81 cases each. These were followed by Ganganagar (75), Hanumnagarh (73), and Bharatpur and Jhalawar (71 cases each).
As against 2017, Alwar had recorded 120 cases under POCSO in 2016 and 109 in 2015.
In Ajmer, the POCSO cases stood at 91 in 2016 and 95 in 2015. The figure for Udaipur was 97 in 2016 and 98 in 2015 while Barmer had 64 cases in 2016 and 82 in 2015. Ganganagar saw 93 cases in 2016 and 86 in 2015. Hanumnagarh had 73 cases in 2016 and 70 in 2015.
Pankaj Kumar Singh, Additional Director General, Crime, says one of the reasons for fall in the number of cases could be that police attach a high priority to POCSO cases. “We try to conclude these cases as early as possible. Cases are tried by a separate court and we try to conclude the trials in a month or two,” he said.
Singh said the conviction rate of POCSO would be as high as 80-90% whereas in regular cases, the rate is only between 30-40%.
Manan Chaturvedi, chairperson of the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said more cases were to coming to light as more people are reporting the incidents. “Since the POCSO Act has come into force, people feel that they will get relief. They have hope of justice. So people are fearlessly reporting cases, which is a positive development.”