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Crime Against Children in India

  • In Madhya Pradesh, number of cases of crime against children pending in courts where trial was yet to be completed stood at 2065 in year 2001. Over the 16 years since then, the number has risen to 31392. It means that not only total cases of crime against children have gone up, even the number of cases pending in courts too have registered a huge increase by as much as 1420 percent by the year 2016. Further, it is notable that in the year 2016, trial of a total of 5444 cases could be completed though out of the trial cases, only 30 percent, i.e., 1642 persons were convicted!   

  • In Maharashtra, number of cases of crime against children pending in courts where trial was yet to be completed increased from 3999 to 37125 over the period of 16 years, registering an increase of 828 percent. In Uttar Pradesh, the number of pending cases increased by 275 percent, increasing from 10597 to 39749. stood at 2065 in year 2001. Over the 16 years since then, the number has risen to 31392. Likewise, in Gujarat, the number rose from 830 in year 2001 to 12035 in 2016, an increase by 1300 percent.
  • In most of the cases of crime against children, the accused are let free after the trial is over. It means that in the first place, the investigation is weakened and subsequently the loopholes in the judicial process are made use of in securing the acquittal of the accused. In year 2001, at all India level, judicial trial was completed in 3231 cases. Out of these, 1531 persons (74 percent) were convicted. In Madhya Pradesh, trial was completed in 404 cases whilst only in 157 cases (39 percent), the accused were held guilty. In Bihar, in 2 out of 15 cases (13 percent), in Andhra Pradesh, 7 out of 77 cases (9 percent), in Maharashtra, in 37 out of 263 cases (14 percent) and in Delhi, in 42 out of 132 cases (32 percent) respectively, the accused were found guilty.

Sachin Kumar Jain
Vikas Samvad
Published on 2018

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