Two minor girls were raped every day in 2021 in the national capital, which was the most unsafe metropolitan city for women across the country, according to the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Delhi also recorded 13,892 cases of crimes against women in 2021, a significant surge of more than 40 percent compared to 2020 when the figure was 9,782, the data showed.
Meanwhile, in India, a total of 4,28,278 cases of crime against women were registered during 2021, showing an increase of 15.3 per cent over 2020 (3,71,503 cases).
In 2021, on an average, there was a case of crime against women registered every 74 seconds in India.
The national capital has also reported the highest number of cases of crimes against women in the categories related to kidnapping (3948), cruelty by husbands (4674) and girl child rapes (833) as compared to other metropolitan cities with over two million population in 2021.
Mumbai and Bengaluru Come Next on the List
The cases of crimes against women in Delhi accounted for 32.20 percent of total crimes in the category among all 19 metropolitan cities, according to the NCRB data.
Delhi was followed by the financial capital Mumbai, which saw 5,543 such instances, and Bengaluru with 3,127 cases.
Mumbai and Bengaluru accounted for 12.76 per cent and 7.2 per cent of total crimes in 19 cities, respectively.
36% Percent Dowry Deaths in Delhi
On average, over two girls were raped every day in Delhi in 2021, the data showed.
The capital has registered 136 cases of dowry death in 2021, which is 36.26 percent of total deaths due to the menace in 19 metropolitan cities.
The city also reported 3,948 cases of abduction and kidnapping of women, out of a total of 8,664 cases in all metropolitan cities.
Delhi also reported 2,022 cases of assault on women with intent to outrage their modesty last year.
There were 1,357 reported cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (girl child victims only) in 2021, the NCRB said.
As many as 833 cases of girl child rape, the highest among the metropolitan cities, were reported in 2021, as per the data.
Delhi also had more than double the number of cases of crimes against women than any other city in India.
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