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As per the latest statistic published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2016 (released on 30.11.2017), there have been 23,252 reported cases of crime against women in the northeast in the year 2016. Out of which a whopping 20,869 were from Assam alone. That counts for nearly 90% of the reported cases in Northeast region.

As per the report, the Northeast Indian states rank as follows in terms of crime against women:

Assam- 20869 Manipur- 253
Tripura- 1013 Sikkim- 153
Meghalaya- 372 Mizoram- 120
Arunachal Pradesh- 367 Nagaland- 105

Here’s a look at the state-wise statistics for the years 2014-2016.
 

 

RAPE CASES REPORTED

A total of 2464 rape cases were reported from NE states in 2016 as per the reports published by NCRB. Assam records the highest with 1779 cases, followed by Tripura with 207 cases, Meghalaya 190, Arunachal and Sikkim with 92 cases each, Manipur 55, Nagaland 26 and Mizoram with the least at 23 reported cases. 

 

GANG RAPE CASES

A total of 42 cases of gang rape were reported in 2016 from the NE states. While Assam reported the highest with 31 cases, Manipur and Sikkim recorded Nil gang rape cases in 2016. 

 

Here’s the state-wise details of the victims of rapes under different age-groups

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Out of the total 92 reported cases of rape in Arunachal in 2016, more than 54% at 50 cases were related to minors below the age of 18 yrs. In 15 cases, the victims were below the age of 12 yrs.  Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups.

1. Below 6 Yrs –  3 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 32
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 12 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 7
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 25 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 2
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 10 8. 60 yrs & above – 14

Arunachal Pradesh has recently passed the bill for death penalty for rape of girls under 12 yrs. It is the fourth state in the country to pass a legislation approving the death penalty for child rape.

ASSAM

Out of the 1779 reported rape cases in Assam, 464 cases  or 26% of the reported rape cases were of minors.
Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups.

1. Below 6 Yrs –  0 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 938
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 52 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 373
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 147 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 4
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 265 8. 60 yrs & above – 0

MANIPUR

Manipur recorded 55 rape cases in 2016. With cases of minor accounting for 32% with a total case of 18 out of the reported 55 cases.

Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups

1. Below 6 Yrs –  1 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 24
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 2 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 11
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 7 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 2
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 8 8. 60 yrs & above – 0

MEGHALAYA

 

 Out of the 194 reported cases of rape in Meghalaya, a whopping 123 cases were of minors. That accounts for more than 63% of the total rape cases reported in the state in 2016. In 38 cases of the rapes reported the victims were below 12 years of age.

Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups.

1. Below 6 Yrs –  12 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 49
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 26 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 20
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 49 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 2
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 36 8. 60 yrs & above – 0

MIZORAM

Mizoram reported the least rape cases in 2016 among the 8 NE states with a total of 23 cases.  9 cases were of minors and where in 3 cases the victims were below 12 yrs.

Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups.

1. Below 6 Yrs –  1 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 7
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 2 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 5
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 4 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 0
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 2 8. 60 yrs & above – 2

NAGALAND

Nagaland recorded a total of 26 rape cases in 2016 and out of which 19 cases or 73% were of minors who were under the age of 18 yrs.

Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups

1. Below 6 Yrs –  2 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 1
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 5 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 6
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 4 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 0
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 8 8. 60 yrs & above – 0

SIKKIM

Sikkim has 92 reported cases of rapes and out of which 57 cases or 58% of the cases pertains to minors under the age of 18 yrs. In 16 reported cases, the victims were below the age of 12 yrs.

Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups.

1. Below 6 Yrs –  0 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 32
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 16 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 9
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 27 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 0
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 14 8. 60 yrs & above – 0

TRIPURA

Tripura reported a total of 207 rape cases in 2016. In 108 reported rape cases (or 52% cases) the victims were below the age of 18 yrs. It also reported 33 cases where the victims were below the age of 12 yrs.

Here’s a break up of victims under different age-groups.

1. Below 6 Yrs –  5 5. 18 yrs & above – Below 30 yrs – 73
2. 6 yrs & above – Below 12 yrs – 28 6. 30 yrs & above – Below 45 yrs – 24
3. 12 yrs & above – Below 16 yrs- 40 7. 45 yrs & above – Below 60 yrs- 2
4. 16 yrs & above – Below 18 yrs- 35 8. 60 yrs & above – 0

 

DOWRY DEATHS


178 dowry related deaths were reported from 4 NE states and out of which 157 were from Assam alone. Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim reported zero dowry related cases in the year 2016.

KIDNAPPING & ABDUCTIONS


A total of 5754 cases of kidnapping and abduction of women were recorded in 2016 from the 8 NE states.  With Assam topping the list at 5339 (92%) and Mizoram recording the least at 3 kidnapping and abduction cases.

Disposals of Persons Arrested for Crime Against Women

 


State wise details of persons arrested for crime against women in 2016

States Male Female Total
ARUNACHAL 364 25 389
ASSAM 21657 81 21738
MANIPUR 136 15 151
MEGHALAYA 281 2 283
MIZORAM 125 1 126
NAGALAND 72 0 72
SIKKIM 156 3 159
TRIPURA 1016 126 1142
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Though NE states may seem to be a safer place for women as compared to other parts of the country, we still have a lot more to improve. It’s all heartbreaking to see the number of rape cases of minors below the age of 12 yrs. As per the NCRB reports, 162 girl child below the age of 12 yrs were raped in NE.

Should other NE states follow Arunachal Pradesh and consider passing a bill approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12?

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