New Delhi: Women can kill not only with their looks but courageously too as convicts belonging to the fair gender outdo their male counterparts when it comes to murders.

According to an annual survey report of 2011, of the 2,751 convicts lodged inside the Tihar jail last year for various crimes, 46.15 percent of female inmates have been convicted for murder charges alone as against the male count of 33.47 percent.

Along with this, 6.73 percent of women have been convicted in attempt to murder cases as against 5.93 percent of their male counterparts.

Female inmates also top the chart in kidnapping and abduction cases, dowry death cases and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances cases.

Surprisingly, the review also showed that 7.69 percent of females were convicted in rape cases too.

"The ratio of convicts rose from 20 percent in the year 2009 to 25 per cent in the year 2010 because of better disposal of criminal cases and this has brought down the percentage of undertrials from 80 per cent of the previous year to 75 per cent," DG, Tihar Prisons, Neeraj Kumar said.

One central jail (Jail No 6) is dedicated to women prisoners. This jail has 401 undertrials and 104 convicts which also include foreigners. "After our annual analysis of convicts  lodged with us, we found that female convicts have topped the chart in murder cases, kidnapping and abduction cases, NDPS cases, and dowry cases in comparison with their male counterparts for the year 2010 and 2009," Tihar jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta said.

While 10.58 percent of female convicts are lodged inside Tihar Prisons for kidnapping and abduction charges, only 3.66 per cent of male inmates are convicted for the same.

Among dowry death cases, the percentage of female convicts is 8.66 as against the male count of 2.64 per cent.

The female convict's population who have been charged under Local and Special Act cases for NDPS cases constituted 13.46 per cent as against male convicts (6.99 per cent) convicted for the same.

"Majority of the female convicts (57.69 percentage) are in the age group of 30 to 50 years. In the year 2009, there were 779 convicts," Gupta said.

Agencies