Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 30
Rajasthan followed by Haryana has the highest gangrape rate cases in country in 2019, says National Crime Record Bureau’s ‘Crime in India’ report.
The rate has been calculated with number of crime incidents per lakh women population.
Rajasthan reported 902 gangrapes, as registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), while Haryana recorded 159 with 2.4 and 1.17 cases per lakh population respectively.
In absolute numbers, Haryana is on fourth spot in gangrapes while Rajasthan tops.
The neighbouring Delhi recorded 47 gangrapes while 29 were committed in Punjab and four in Himachal Pradesh. J&K didn’t record any such incident.
In 2018, Rajasthan had reported 556 gangrape cases while Haryana had registered 155.
In rapes under all categories, four cases were reported daily in 2019 under the IPC in Haryana as 1,480 cases were registered with a rise of 14.2 per cent from the previous year.
Haryana had 49 cases where repeat offenders were involved, which was also the second highest in the country with Madhya Pradesh recording 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 rape victim.
Besides that, 1,117 girl child rape cases were registered under Section 4 and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) with a rise of 9.5 per cent from 2018 in the state.
There were six cases of murder with rape too, but they are being counted under the head of murder, as the NCRB records the cases with multiple offences under that head which attracts maximum punishment.
There were 14,683 crime incidents against women in Haryana in 2019 which was 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 a rate of 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 it was 27 per cent only, which points towards poor investigations.
In crime rate of murder and dacoity cases, Haryana is ranked third in the country with 1,137 and 153 cases 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 rise of 13 per cent in 2019 as the state recorded 1,086 cases which included 221 rapes (under IPC), 101 child rapes (under POCSOA) and 43 murders. The conviction rate in courts in crimes against SCs was just 22.3 per cent.