Assam reports three fold rise in crimes against children

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Guwahati, December 4: In a shocking revelation, Assam has reportedly seen a three-fold increase in the number of cases relating to crimes against children between 2014 and 2016 and nearly 75 percent of these were kidnapping cases.

According to the report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)- ‘Crime in India 2016’ by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, the number of cases related to crime against children increased from 1,385 in 2014 to 2,385 in 2015 and 3,964 in 2016.

The NCRB report revealed 821 cases of sexual offence against children in Assam in 2016 of which 586 were rape cases. Mizoram reported 167 cases followed by Tripura (156), Meghalaya (151), Manipur (43) and Nagaland (27). The cases were registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

The region has been a hub of trafficking, which reflects in the shocking revelations. 1,519 cases of abduction of minors were reported in Tripura, followed by 676 cases in which minor girls were kidnapped and forced into marriage. The state reported 32 cases of trafficking and another 31 cases relating to kidnapping for prostitution.

The number of cases of juveniles in conflict, however, came down to 436 in 2016 against 487 in 2014 and 624 in 2015. Meghalaya reported 84 cases involving juveniles. The figure was 57 in Arunachal Pradesh, followed by Mizoram (53), Tripura (25), Nagaland (18) and Manipur (10).

Save the Children, a city-based NGO, blamed the poor implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), slow progress of trials and poor enforcement of laws. They said that if child protection committees are set up in each village, block and the district as stipulated by ICPS, crimes against children will come down. This would also help in maintaining a database of children and keep a watch on the crimes against them.

Edited by: Arnab Jyoti Das