The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently released the Crime in India report for the year 2017, after a delay of two years. As per the report, murder rates in India have seen a steady drop, and are at the lowest level since 1963 - a total of 1,976 cases of murder were registered during 2017, showing a decline of 9.9 per cent over 2016 (2,194 cases). However, the number of crimes committed against women have increased by 6 per cent in 2017, as compared to 2016 and by 9 per cent, when compared to 2015. Crimes against children have also witnessed a 20 per cent jump in a year.
Among the states, Kerala has the dubious record of having the highest number of crimes reported (both IPC and Special and Local Laws), however, the Union Territory and capital city of Delhi reported the highest number of IPC crimes committed per one lakh people (1050). Sikkim reported the lowest crime (IPC and SLL), at 950 cases in 2017. In many states, though, the high crime rates could also be because more people are reporting cases.
Let’s take a look at the states with the highest crime rates, as per the NCRB report: