“Sexual Exploitation of Minor Girls up by 186%”

,TNN | Oct 28, 2011, 04.38 AM IST

NEW DELHI: An increasing number of children, particularly minor girls, are being trafficked for sexual exploitation, shows National Crime Records Bureau data. 

Cases of sexual exploitation of minor girls jumped from 237 in 2009 to 679 in 2010, a 186.5% increase. West Bengal reported 200 cases, followed by Bihar (152). 

While crime against children went up by 10%, the corresponding figure for women stood at 4.8%. A total of 26,694 cases of crimes against kids were reported in 2010, up from 24,201 cases in 2009. While MP (4,912) accounted for 18.4% of the cases, Delhi recorded 3,630 incidents (13.6%). 

Only 100 cases of infanticide and 111 cases of foeticide were reported last year, indicating social suppression of the problem. 

NCRB data found that Delhi accounted for 16% of the crime reported against women, followed by Hyderabad among 35 cities with over 10 lakh population. 

Of the 2.13 lakh crimes against women in 2010, Andhra topped with 27,244 cases, or 12.8%, while Tripura had the highest rate of crime against women at 46.5%. The rate of crime is calculated according to per lakh of population. 

Women were troubled most by domestic violence: as many as 94,041 cases were reported, an increase of 5%. But it was kidnapping and abduction that has seen the highest increase, registering a 15.7% increase with 29,795 cases. The highest number of kidnapping and abduction (5,468) and dowry deaths (2,217) were reported from UP.