Delhi most unsafe city for children

New Delhi: Delhi has become the most unsafe city for children as crimes against children have shot up exponentially. On an average, crimes against 16 children are reported in Delhi every day. The capital is followed by Mumbai, where crimes are committed against three children daily. Srinagar is the city safest for children.

According to comprehensive data from the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) for 2013, Delhi registered the maximum cases of crimes against children at 6,124, while Mumbai reported 902 cases.

Ranchi and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), and Asansol (West Bengal) did not witness a single crime against a children in the entire year. Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar recorded only one such case.

All across the country, crimes against children went up by 52.5% in a year. A total of 58,224 cases were registered in 2013 compared with 38,172 cases in 2012.

Of the total crimes, 54.2% cases were related to kidnapping and abduction of children, 51.3% to trafficking of girls, 49.3% to abetment to suicide while 44.7% cases were related to rapes.

Among the states, Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 9,857 cases of crimes against children, while Maharashtra was on the second spot with 8,247 cases.

The lowest number of cases were reported from Nagaland (8) followed by Daman and Diu along with Dadra and Nagar Haveli each with 14 cases, Sikkim (39) and Puducherry (47).

 

The rapid increase in the capital’s migrant population is believed to be the cause of the spurt in crime against children. Unskilled workforce coming from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Rajasthan poses a major problem of law and order. 

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