Assam records highest rate of crime against women for 5th consecutive year

Assam has become the state with the highest rate of crime against women in India for the 5th consecutive year, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures for 2021 .

The new NCRB report was released on Monday.

The rate of crime against women in Assam last year was 168.3, which is way higher than the national rate of 64.5.

In 2017, the rate of crime against women in Assam was 143.3; it was 166 in 2018, 177 in 2019 and 154.3 in 2020.

Last year, 29,046 cases of crime against women were registered in Assam- a 10.22% increase since 2021 when the state recorded 26,352 cases. In 2019, the figure was 30,025 and in 2018 it was 27,687.

The rate of crime is calculated as the number of total crimes recorded per 100,000 population.

Assam recorded 1,835 cases of rape last year in comparison to 1,658 cases in 2020. There were 563 cases of attempted rape and 4,511 cases of assault with intention of outraging modesty in 2021.

In 2021, 198 women killed due to dowry-related cases across the state; in 2020 it was 150.

The northeastern state recorded 1,948 cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of which 1,317 were of child rape, 424 cases of sexual assault and 158 of sexual harassment.

Assam recorded 432 cases of cyber-crimes targeting women, which included publishing or transmitting sexually explicit material.

The rate of charge sheets filed in 2021 for total cases in Assam was 52.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 77.1%.