Maharashtra second top state after Uttar Pradesh in cyber crime

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There were a total of 4.30 lakh cases registered under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and state laws in Maharashtra in 2016.

Crimes against women saw a jump of 2.9% in 2016 over the previous year, with Uttar Pradesh accounting for 14.5% (49,262) of total cases reported in the country. In 2015 too Madhya Pradesh had recorded the highest number of rape cases (4,391) in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).

According to the report, "Crime Against Women" have reported an increase of 2.9 per cent in 2016 over 2015.

Rape cases shot up in 2016 by 12.4% as opposed to a 5.6% decline between 2014 and 2015, which experts said was on account of under-reporting.

Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of crimes against women. The crimes against women included 2,183 cases of assault with intent to outrage modesty, 1,142 cases of kidnapping and abduction and 712 cases of rape.

In West Bengal alone, 520 cases were reported against foreign nationals, followed by 91 in Karnataka, 80 in Goa, 64 in Tamil Nadu and 56 in Maharashtra. Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh was at the top spot on the list with 12.5% of all cases, which is 4,882 cases.

A whopping 3737,870 people were arrested in the country in 2016- 3271,262 out of the total were chargesheeted. In crimes against children, Mumbai ranked second with 3,400 cases, amounting to 17 per cent of all such offences.

Uttar Pradesh missed the dubious distinction of recording most rape cases in the country by a whisker. Rajasthan accounted for 18.2 per cent of these cases (1,195) while Odisha was ranked third with 10.4 per cent cases (681). "We are open to register cyber crime cases and have been continuously spreading awareness among people regarding cyber threats".

With the Supreme Court, earlier this year, coming down heavily on the Centre for not declaring data on missing children, the Crime In India 2016 report has for the first time listed cases under this category, revealing that a total of 1,11,569 children were reported missing last year.

The total 1879 and 2195 cyber crime cases, registered under sections of IT Act and IPC Act, were registered in 2014 and 2015 respectively in Maharashtra.

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