Crimes Against Girl Child: According to a report by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), more than 99 per cent of crimes reported under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2020 were against girls.
The data shows that minor girls continue to be the most vulnerable sections in society. An analysis of the reported cases showed that out of 28,327 children who faced sexual violence under POCSO Act, 28,058 were girls.
As per the data, crimes against 16 t0 18-year-old girls were the highest at 14,092. Total 10,949 cases of crimes against the 12 to 16 age group were reported. Irrespective of all age groups, girls were seen as more vulnerable to sexual abuse the boys. The NCRB released data from 2020 in September this year and the analysis of the data showed a decline of 8.3 per cent in crimes against women compared to 2019. While 4,05,326 cases were registered in 2019, 3,71,503 cases were registered in 2020.
The NCRB report showed that the decline in cases was caused due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown in India from March 25, 2020, to May 31, 2020. As per the report, “The country remained under complete lockdown from 25th March 2020 and 31st May 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic (first wave), during which time movement in public space was very limited.”
“The cases registered under crimes against women, children and senior citizens, theft, burglary, robbery and dacoity have therefore declined, whereas COVID related enforcement has resulted in an increase of cases registered under ‘Disobedience to order duly promulgated by Public Servant (Sec. 188 IPC)’, under ‘Other IPC Crimes’ and under ‘Other State Local Acts,” the report said
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