Women Kidnapping cases increase 280 per cent in five years

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, while kidnapping cases of women rose 280 per cent between 2013 and 2017, those of children went up by 421 per cent during the five-year period

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In Maharashtra, in the last five years, registration of crimes against women and children have increased exponentially. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, while kidnapping cases of women rose 280 per cent between 2013  and 2017, those of children went up by 421 per cent during the five-year period. 

During the five year period, rape and molestation cases against women saw a 42 per cent and 50 per cent increase, respectively, while sexual assault cases against children were up by 49 per cent. Since 2015, the increase in registration of all offences has been the sharpest. 

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Experts believe that the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case encouraged people to come forward to report crimes resulting in a rise in registrations. Statistics also suggested that registration of kidnappings of women have risen to 7,113 in 2017 from 1,874 in 2013. 

The 2018 NCRB report indicates that a little more than a third of all kidnapping or abduction cases were registered for marrying against parents’ wishes.

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