Indore: Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) "Crime in India 2016" report has indicated.

Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that "in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6 cases are none other than the victim's relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances." The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said. Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances. Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.

In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said. The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands. Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage. Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma said, "In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values."

Telangana Ranks 16 In Kidnap, Abduction Cases

Hyderabad: Of the 2,312 persons who were kidnapped and abducted in Telangana in 2016 as many as 1,697 are females. Under the head victims of kidnap and abduction in the NCRB report, Telangana is ranked number 16 in the country.

The national figures which classify the purpose behind kidnap and abduction cases rate “marriage’ and “illicit intercourse” as the two major factors that lead to the offence. On the other hand, Telangana is ranked number 4 in terms of human trafficking cases. Moving to the age group of victims, the data shows that as many as 500 of the victims of kidnap and abduction for the year 2016 were females in the age group of 12 and 18.