587 rapes, 39 murders: AP records 5% increase in crime against children

Nearly 2,648 cases were registered in 2020 compared to 2, 524 cases in 2019, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report said.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  17 Sep 2021 3:30 AM GMT
587 rapes, 39 murders: AP records 5% increase in crime against children

Vijayawada: Crime against children in Andhra Pradesh has increased by 5 percent in 2020. Nearly 2,648 cases were registered in 2020 compared to 2, 524 cases in 2019, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report said. In rest of India, crime against children has dropped by 13.2 percent.

The only silver lining is that the state recorded the lowest crime against the children in South India. As many as 2,648 cases of crime against children involving 2,738 victims were registered in Andhra Pradesh.

In the rape category, 577 cases involving 587 victims were registered in 2020. A total of 454 offenses under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO), were registered in 2020. The data also said that 39 children were found murdered in the state. Four of the slain were also raped.

In 90.8 percent of cases, the accused was a known person such as family members, friends, neighbors, and others. Only in 25 cases, the accused were not known. As many as 487 cases of kidnapping and abduction of children were reported in the state last year.

A total of 2,626 cases were pending from 2019. Police have disposed of 2442 cases. However, 2837 cases were pending investigations at the end of 2020.

The trial was completed by various courts in 693 matters and courts disposed of around 788 matters related to crime against children. However, 6, 421cases were still pending for trials at various levels. The conviction rate in the state stood at 9.2 percent and the pendency was 89 percent in the state.

Countrywide, a total of 1,28,531 cases of crime against children were registered during 2020, showing a decrease of 13.2% against 2019 (1,48,090 cases). In percentage terms, major crime heads under 'Crime Against Children' during 2020 were kidnapping and abduction (42.6%) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (38.8%) including child rape. The crime rate registered per lakh children population is 28.9 in 2020 in comparison with 33.2 in 2019.

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