Crimes against foreigners increase in India [The Nation] 06 Dec, 2017

Crimes against foreign nationals increased in India in 2016 in comparison to 2015, according to data released recently by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, reportedRadio Pakistan. In India , 12 foreigners were murdered, 38 molested and 19 allegedly raped in 2016. The data show, of the 382 crimes against foreign nationals, 154 cases were from Delhi, followed by Maharashtra (38 cases) and Puducherry (33 cases). Of the 382 crimes recorded with foreignersas victims in India in 2016, 154 took place in Delhi alone, accounting for 40 per cent of the cases. The next highest incidence was recorded in Maharashtra, at almost 10 per cent, while Puducherry witnessed 8.6 per cent of such crimes . In 2015, 365 cases of crime were recorded to have taken placec against foreigners . Theft was the most common crime committed against foreigners in India in 2016, followed by other IPC crimes such as snatching or causing hurt. Of the 142 cases of theft, 124 were pending at the end of the year.Twelve foreigners were murdered in 2016, while 38 were molested and 19 allegedly raped. 19 foreign women were raped and 40 others molested, most of them tourists. Crime Rate in India A total of 48,31,515 cognizable crimes comprising 29,75,711 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 18,55,804 Special & Local Laws (SLL) crimes were reported in 2016, showing an increase of 2.6 per cent over 2015 (47,10,676 cases). The national capital recorded the highest crime rate (974.9), followed by Kerala a (727.6), Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Assam in 2016 in IPC crimes . The national average was recorded as 233.6. However, Kerala had the highest crime rate, followed by Gujarat, Tamil Nadu in SLL crimes . Among the cities of India , Delhi had the highest crime rate, followed by Kochi, Jaipur, Patna, and Indore for only IPC crimes while Coimbatore is the safest city in a list of 19 metropolitan cities. According to the data, 100 per cent conviction rate was noticed when it came to robbery but only 60 per cent convictions happened when there was assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty. There was 0 per cent conviction in cases of rape and theft.

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