Crimes against women: 21 per cent of accused convicted in 2015

In Delhi, the conviction rate in cases of crime against women was merely 35 per cent

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:December 18, 2016 11:29 am
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Conviction rate of people accused of crime against women in the country stood at a dismal 21.7 per cent last year and 35 per cent in Delhi, often dubbed as the rape capital. According to the National Crime Record Bureau data, no one was convicted in Arunachal Pradesh while most number of accused were convicted in Mizoram in 2015 in cases of crime against women.

In Delhi, the conviction rate in cases of crime against women was merely 35 per cent, despite one fast track court in all 11 districts of the national capital. These courts were set up following the gangrape of a 23-year-old para-medical student in a moving bus in December 2012 that shook the nation.

Last year, in Arunachal Pradesh, 384 cases of crime against women were reported and 408 people arrested, of which 303 were named in charge sheet in 259 cases. However, none was convicted.

Single-digit conviction rate was reported from Gujarat (2.7 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (4.7), Karnataka (4.9), West Bengal (5), Odisha (8.3), Andhra Pradesh (8.4), Telangana (8.6) and Assam (9.4 per cent).

Mizoram had the best conviction rate of 77.4 per cent for the cases of crime against women and also in the cases of crime against children (88.7 per cent) in 2015.

It was followed by Nagaland, where accused in 76.7 per cent cases were convicted in cases of crime against women while 63.6 per cent in cases of crime against children.

Delhi had registered just 38 per cent conviction rate in cases of crime against children in 2015, the data said. A total of 9,489 cases of crime against children were registered in the national capital. A total of 3,016 people were listed in charge sheets in 2,524 cases of which 404 people were convicted.

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