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Sunday, 4 October 2020

Haryana saw 159 gangrape cases in ’19

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3

Haryana has the second highest number of gangrapes in the country after Rajasthan, according to the National Crime Record Bureau's "Crime in India" report-2019.

Rajasthan reported 902 gangrapes, as registered under the IPC, while Haryana recorded 159 with 2.4 and 1.17 cases per lakh population, respectively. The calculations have been done on the basis of the number of crime incidents per lakh women population.

In absolute numbers, Haryana is on fourth spot in gangrapes, while Rajasthan tops the list. With 301 cases, UP is on second spot and with 162 cases, Madhya Pradesh third. The neighbouring Delhi recorded 47 gangrapes in 2019, while Punjab 29 and Himachal four. Jamp;K didn't record any such incident.

In 2018, Rajasthan had reported 556 gangrape cases, while Haryana 155.

In rapes under all categories, four cases were reported daily in Haryana in 2019 and the total number of cases registered was 1,480 — a rise of 14.2 per cent from the previous year when 1,296 cases were reported.

Haryana had 49 cases where repeat offenders were involved, which was also the second highest in the country with Madhya Pradesh topping the chart in this category with 52 such cases.

There were 308 cases of repeated rape on same women in Haryana. In 97 per cent cases, offender was known to the victim.

Besides, 1,117 girl child rape cases were registered under Section 4 and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act — a rise of 9.5 per cent from 2018.

There were six cases of murder with rape, but they are being counted under the murder category, as the NCRB records the cases with multiple offences under that head that attracts maximum punishment.

There were 14,683 crime incidents against women in Haryana in 2019 — a rise of 2.5 per cent from 2018. These cases also included 248 incidents of dowry deaths, 4,867 cases of cruelty by husband or his relatives, four cases of acid attack and 2,803

incidents of kidnapping and abduction.

Haryana recorded 108.5 crimes against women per lakh population, which is the fifth highest in the country. Assam was the most unsafe for women with 177.8 crime incidents against women per lakh population, followed by Delhi (144), Lakshadweep (115.2) and Rajasthan (110.4).

In Haryana courts, the conviction rate in crime against women in 2019 was just 16.1 per cent and for crime against children, too, was 27 per cent, which points towards poor investigation.

In crime rate of murder and dacoity cases, Haryana is ranked third in the country with 1,137 and 153 cases registered in 2019, respectively. As many as 84 murders took place due to love affairs and illicit relationships alone.

In crimes against Scheduled Castes (SCs), there was a rise of 13 per cent in 2019 as the state recorded 1,086 cases, which included 221 rapes (under IPC), 101 child rapes (under POCSO Act) and 43 murders. The conviction rate in courts in crimes against SCs was just 22.3 per cent.

from The Tribune

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