Women continued to face most risks from their families.
Among all registered cases of serious crimes against women, the largest share was under "cruelty by husband and relatives". While 36 per cent of all cases were registered under this category, the next largest share was "assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty" (24 per cent), says a new report for the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, titled 'Women and Men in India - 2015'.
In 2014, five per cent of all cognizable crimes were directed at women. The report said there was a gradual increase in crime figures, with major increases in rape, kidnapping and abduction and assault on women with an intent to outrage their modesty.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 69 per cent of all such cases were disposed off by the police in 2014. The highest number of cases disposed (76 per cent) were those dealing with assault on women with an intent to outrage their modesty and those related to domestic violence. Cases of kidnapping and abduction were least disposed off, with almost 58 per cent pending.
The data on rapes suggest younger women continued to bear the brunt. In 2014, almost 44 per cent of all victims were in the age group of 18-30 years, whereas one in every 100 victims was under six years of age. For the same year, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan earned the dubious distinction of registering around 10 per cent each of all rapes in the country.
The rate of incidence of crimes against women was reported at 11 per cent in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh - among the highest. Among the major states, West Bengal and Assam saw approximately a fifth of reported crimes against women.