New Delhi: West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have earned the dubious distinction of leading a list of states where crime against women in 2011 was highest.

With 7.5 percent share of the country's population, West Bengal accounted for nearly 12.7 percent of total crime against women by reporting 29,133 cases.

The National Crime Records Bureau figures show that Andhra Pradesh, accounting for nearly 7 percent of the country's population, recorded 12.4 percent of total crime against women with 28,246 cases.

Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases (3,406) accounting for 14.1 percent of total such cases reported in the country.

Rape cases have been further categorised as incest rape and other. Incest rape cases have decreased by 7.3 percent from 288 cases in 2010 to 267 cases in 2011 as compared to 9.2 percent increase in overall rape cases.

Maharashtra (44 cases) has accounted for the highest (15.3 percent) incest rape cases.

National capital Delhi has reported 17.6 percent of rape cases, 31.8 percent of kidnapping and abduction cases, 14.0 percent of dowry deaths and 10.1 percent of molestation cases among 53 mega cities, the NCRB report said.

Among 53 cities, Delhi (4,489 cases) has accounted for 13.3 percent of total crime against women followed by Bangalore (1,890 cases ; 5.6 percent), Hyderabad (1,860 cases ; 5.5 percent) and Vijayawada (1,797 cases ; 5.3 percent).

The crime against women was significantly higher in Vijayawada, Kota, Kollam, Jaipur and Asansol at 120.5, 57.5, 54.2, 48.6, and 48.2 percent respectively as compared to average of mega cities at 21.0 percent.

Uttar Pradesh with 7,525 cases has accounted for 21.2 percent of the total cases of kidnapping and abduction of women at the national level. Delhi has reported the highest crime rate at 12.4 percent as compared to the national average of 2.9 percent.

The cases of dowry deaths have increased by 2.7 percent during 2011 over the previous year. 26.9 percent of the total such cases reported in the country were reported from Uttar Pradesh (2,322 cases) alone followed by Bihar (1,413 cases, 16.4 percent), the NCRB report said.

Andhra Pradesh has reported 42.7 percent (3,658 cases) of sexual harassment followed by Maharashtra 12.5 percent (1,071 cases) of total incidences during 2011. Andhra Pradesh has reported the highest crime rate (4.3 percent) as compared to the national average of 0.7 percent.

Cases of torture of women by husbands and relatives also went up by 5.4 percent from the previous year. 19.9 percent of these were reported from West Bengal (19,772 cases). The highest crime rate of 21.6 percent was also reported from West Bengal as compared to the national rate of 8.2 percent.

Incidents of molestation in the country have increased by 5.8 percent from 2011. Madhya Pradesh has reported the highest incidence (6,665) amounting to 15.5 percent of total such cases. Kerala has the highest crime rate (11.2 percent) as compared to the national average of 3.6 percent, the report said.

28.7 percent of dowry cases were reported from Andhra Pradesh (1,899) followed by Karnataka (1,210 cases) accounting for 18.3 percent of total cases.

(Agencies)

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