Uttar Pradesh topped the crime stats for 2016, accounting for 9.5% of the total crimes committed in the country, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Uttar Pradesh was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7%). Crimes against children increased by 13.58% between 2015 and 2016 across the country.
The NCRB data also pointed a rise in crimes against children, with Uttar Pradesh topping this list too, followed by Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Compared to 2015, the number of kidnapping and abduction cases involving children went up by 63.31% in Uttar Pradesh this year.
The state recorded an increase in cases of abduction of children i.e. from 5913 in 2015 to 9657 in 2016. A slight rise was seen in the cases of juvenile murder and rape. Unnatural offences as defined by section 377of the Indian Penal Code also recorded rise in the number of cases.
Poverty, lack of opportunity, gender discrimination and discriminatory cultural practices are considered to be of the causes of child trafficking.
An exponential rise in crime against children has been seen between 2009 and 2015, a deeper analysis revealed that this rise is due to marriage of minor girls, kidnapping and selling of minors for prostitution.