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Chhattisgarh ranks 3rd in juvenile assaults on women: NCRB

RAIPUR: Even as juvenile offences have taken on a monstrous face in conflict with law, rape tops the list of serious crimes in Chhattisgarh, which retained its fifth position for third time in last four years. Madhya Pradesh came in first.

With the increasing number of juvenile offences and assaults on women to outrage their modesty, state ranks third on the list for these crimes, shows National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2013.

Going by figures of last four years, juvenile offences in Chhattisgarh have been prominent among top ten with statistical graph heading northwards year after year particularly when it comes to rape and assault on women. Although state’s data on rape in 2012 shows zero, according to police officials they had then failed to compile data on time which is why it wasn't entered.

Recently the ministry of home affairs (MHA) worrying over the steady rise in the trend had assessed the data while looking at crimes like murder, attempt to murder, homicide not amounting to murder, rape and abduction.

In 2010, 70 of the 858 rapes cases involved juveniles in state which rose to 80 in 2011; in 2012 NCRB shows no data while a steep rise is seen in 2013 with 122 rape cases reported. Even as Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have been retaining first, second, third and fourth position, this year Uttar Pradesh replaced Andhra Pradesh with 196 cases against juveniles.

Displaying almost the same brashness towards women, juveniles in state registered 112 cases for assault on women to outrage her modesty in 2013, ranking third in India.

Explaining reasons about rise in such offenses, child psychologist Dr Leena Raman said that most cases occur in remote and slum areas of state where children have no scope for counseling, good parenting or guidance. “Moreover addiction and substance abuse are the major reasons for steady rise in juvenile offences in state. Financial frustration is another matching factor that adds to the aggression among juveniles,” she said.

Elaborating further Dr Leena said that in the urban society, she has recently been in consultation with parents, specially mothers, who are beaten and assaulted by kids 16-18 years of age. “When youths have freedom of money, they want more and for that they assault even their mothers and thus the crime begins from home. Addiction, is the main source of crime by which a juvenile tends to disregard life and their behavior,” the psychologist said.