Jammu and Kashmir has the second highest crime rate in India, according to the findings of the ‘Crimes in India’ report released by Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram on Thursday. ‘Crime in India 2010’ produced by National Crimes Record Bureau sheds light on the crime scenario in the country for the year 2010.
The North Eastern State of Manipur has earned the dubious distinction of recording the highest rate of crimes in the country followed closely by Jammu and Kashmir. Assam has become the country’s fourth most dangerous place to live in and is followed closely by Delhi and way above the all India national average.
The findings are part Crime in 2010 has increased by 4.9 per cent compared to 2009. In 2010 a total of 22, 24,831 crimes were reported under Indian Penal Code against 21, 21,345 cases in the year 2009. Murder cases during the year 2010 (33,335) went up by 3 per cent as compared to 2009 (32,369), the report said.
The reports said that the highest rate of violent crimes was reported from Manipur (34.5 per cent) followed by J&K (34.2 per cent), Kerala (33.6 per cent), Assam (33.5 per cent) and Delhi (30.4 per cent) as compared to 20.4 at all-India level.
However, UP has reported violent crimes accounting for 11.3 per cent of total violent crimes in the country (27,225) followed by Bihar with 9.9 per cent (24,044) and Maharashtra with 9.4 per cent (22,747).
Uttar Pradesh has reported 13.2 per cent of total murder cases in the country and 13.6 per cent of attempt to murder cases.
Madhya Pradesh appears to be most unsafe of places for girls and women recording 14.1 per cent (3,135 out of 22,172) of rape cases.
Meanwhile, various criminal acts have shown an increasing trend in the year 2010 compared to 2009. Attempt to commit murder increased by 1.3 per cent, rape cases increased by 3.6 per cent, kidnapping & abduction cases increased by 13.5 per cent, robbery cases increased by 4.4 per cent and dowry deaths increased by 0.1 percent. Crime against women during 2010 (2, 13,585) has gone up by 4.8 per cent compared to 2009 (2, 03,804). Crime against children has also gone up by 10.3percentn 2010(26,694) compared to 2009 (24,201).
The Report states that there has been a 20.0 per cent increase in human trafficking incidence was observed in 3,422 cases in 2010 as compared to 2,851 in 2009. Similarly, Crime rate of human trafficking has also increased from 0.2 in 2009 to 0.3 during 2010.
Percentage distribution of buying of girls for prostitution (2.3per cent), immoral trafficking (73.0 per cent), procurement of minor Girls (19.8per cent), selling of girls for prostitution (3.8 per cent) were observed.