Maharashtra second top state after Uttar Pradesh in cyber crime

City tops in crimes against sr citizens, 2nd against women

Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 cases (12.5 percent) and 4,816 (12.4 percent) respectively followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7 percent) previous year, according to the NCRB data. Similarly, cheating cases increased from 8,000 in 2015 to 8,394 in 2016. Delhi topped the list with 7,392 cases, followed by Mumbai and then Bengaluru. Telangana is second in the country after Maharashtra (800) in terms of number of cheating cases (224) registered in which the victims were senior citizens.

The State recorded 2,479 cases of rape of minor girls, followed by Maharashtra and UP with 2,310 and 2,115 such cases, respectively.

Rape cases shot up in 2016 by 12.4% as opposed to a 5.6% decline between 2014 and 2015, which experts said was on account of under-reporting.

There has been 48,31,515 cognizable crimes comprising 29,75,711 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 18,55,804 Special & Local Laws (SLL) crimes reported in the year 2016, showing an increase of 2.6% over 2015 (47,10,676 cases).

However, several heinous crimes including crimes against women like rape, sexual assault and molestation, have shown an upward swing.

The 35 sedition cases registered in 2016 included three each in Karnataka and Kerala, two each in Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

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Another category of crime which has shown a disturbing upward swing in 2016 is that of atrocities against people from the scheduled castes and scheduled tribe communities - an increase of 5.5 per cent over 2015.

While Uttar Pradesh reported 4,889 murder cases, the national capital reported almost 40 percent of rape cases. "Maharashtra is a vast state where the pace of digitisation is faster than other states".

The NCRB report also revealed that out of a total of 56,516 arms seized in 2016, Uttar Pradesh accounted for almost half, at 27,189. No crimes were recorded under Section 66F (cyber terrorism) in the State. "The figure stood at 944 in 2014".

The largest state of the country, Uttar Pradesh recorded the largest number of murder cases-4889-which make 16.1% of the total cases in the country.

Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013.

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