Rape every 16 minutes, dowry death each hour: NCRB data reveals how unsafe India is for women

The National Crime Record Bureau’s ‘Crime in India’ 2019 report was released on Tuesday. As the country grapples with the atrocity committed against a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, the NCRB data presented a clearer picture of how common crimes against women are in the country. The data reveals how every 16 minutes a woman gets raped in India; every four hours a female gets trafficked; and how every four minutes a woman is subjected to cruelty at the hands of her in-laws. A total of 4,05,861 cases of crime against women were registered during 2019, showing an increase of 7.3% over 2018. As per the horrifying statistics, every 16 minutes, a woman is raped somewhere in India, and every four minutes woman experiences cruelty at the hands of her in-laws. In 2019, the country had recorded 88 rape cases every day. Of the total 32,033 reported rape cases in the year, 11% were from the Dalit community. “The majority of cases under crime against women under IPC were registered under ‘Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives’ (30.9%) followed by ‘Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty’ (21.8%), ‘Kidnapping & Abduction of Women’ (17.9%) and ‘Rape’ (7.9%). The crime rate registered per lakh women population is 62.4 in 2019 in comparison with 58.8 in 2018”, the data shared by NCRB showed.

As per the data, maximum rape cases were reported from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. While Rajasthan reported 6,000 rape cases last year, UP had 3,065 cases.

The country also recorded a decline of 0.7 percent in cases of kidnapping and abduction in 2019 over the previous year, even as women and girls were victims in 78.6 percent of the overall cases. A total of 1,05,037 such cases with 1,08,025 victims were registered in 2019, down from 1,05,734 cases in 2018, the data showed.