Juvenile crimes rise in Maharashtra; fall across India

Maharashtra stood second after Madhya Pradesh for recording highest number of crimes committed by juveniles in 2015.

mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2017 01:16 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
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As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there has been a 5.93% rise in cases of juveniles in conflict with the law in Maharashtra in 2015, while the figures went down by 6.3% for India during the same time period.

In India , Maharashtra stood second after Madhya Pradesh for recording highest number of crimes committed by juveniles in 2015.

In 2015, a total of 5,482 Indian Penal Court (IPC) cases were registered against juveniles, while in 2014, this figure stood at 5,175, a rise of 5.93%. A total of 31, 396 IPC cases took place in 2015 in India, while in 2014, a total of 33,526 cases were registered, a decline of 6.3%.

The crimes which showed a rise in state included serious crimes like attempt to murder (37.22 %), robbery (14.68%), dacoity (1.67 %), murder (5.79%), riots (6.82%), kidnapping (104.17%), and molestation (5.79%).

The data from the Maharashtra police shows that 42.02% of these juveniles are from low-income families, earning 25,000 a year, while another 26.96% earn around 50,000 a year. The upper class and upper middle class jointly contributed 8% to the crimes, while the remaining 22% crimes were committed by juveniles coming from middle class families.

Psychiatrist Harish Shetty from Mumbai said, “Maharashtra is in deep psycho-social chaos, and disparity between people in terms of income is increasing. A firm administration is required to take care of marginalised people and more jobs need to be created for the poor. A lot of social activism is required too.”

Maharashtra reported the highest cases of murders and thefts in India registered against juveniles in conflict with laws in 2015. There were 128 cases of murder and 1279 cases of theft.

Maharashtra also recorded 247 cases of rape and 347 cases of molestation allegedly committed by juveniles.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 00:18 IST