After a delay of two years, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released the annual Crime in India Report 2017 of 1460 pages on October 28, 2019.


As per the latest NCRB report i.e., NCB 2017, the intensity of riots has been found increasing in India and on average the country witnessed 161 rioting cases with 247 victims every day in 2017. It tells us that the total number of riot victims in India increased by 22 % in 2017, even though the number of rioting incidents saw a decrease of 5% in comparison to the previous year’s report. 58,880 rioting cases happened in India while the number of riot victims found to be 90,394. In comparison to these figures in 2017, in 2016 the number of rioting cases was filed was 61,974 and the number of victims was 73,744 which indicates 169 riots and 202 victims every day.

Crimes Against Women:

According to the report, a total of 3,59,849 cases were reported against women in 2017. In comparison, in 2016, 3.38 lakh cases of crime were registered against women, while 3.2 lakh cases were recorded in 2015. Thus the number of cases reported has increased. Uttar Pradesh has again topped the list with 56,011 cases of crime against women. It is followed by Maharashtra with 31,979 cases and West Bengal at 30,002.

Astonishingly, Delhi, which is always known as the Rape Capital after the heinous 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case registers comparatively less crime against women for the third straight year. It received 13,076 FIRs being registered in 2017, down from 15,310 in 2016 and 17,222 in 2015.

NCRB Farmer’s Death Report 2016:

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Friday released farmers’ Death Reports 2016 which tells us that 11,379 farmers committed suicide in India in 2016. The NCRB in its latest Accidental Death and Suicide report for 2016 further says that there were 948 farmer suicides every month, or 31 suicides every day. The last report regarding this was released in 2015, now the report of 2016 is released with a delay of three years. As per the data in the report, the number of farmer suicides in the country has slightly increased to 11,379 in 2016 from 12,360 in 2014 and 12,602 in 2015.

Karnataka in 2016 recorded the second-highest number of farmer suicides at 2,079 compared to 1,569 in 2015. In Telangana, the farmer suicides reduced drastically to 645 in 2016 as compared to 1,347 in 2014 and 1,400 in 2015 respectively. The report further says that although there is a dip of 20% in Maharashtra from the previous year, it is still the top state with 2,550 of the 6,270 farmers’ suicides documented nationwide.

Crime Against Children:

In terms of percentage, major crime heads under ‘crime against children’ during 2017 were mainly kidnapping and abduction comprising 42.0% and 25.3% cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, including child rape.

Among the cities, Delhi with 35% has been ranked the highest in crimes against children with a massive crime record of 6844 cases against children in 2017, in comparison to 7392 in 2016 and 8035 in 2015. The second-ranked city was Mumbai, recording 3790 cases in 2017 with a slight increase from 3400 in 2016 and 3187 in 2015.

Murder Cases:

Murder cases registered decreased from 30,450 in 2016 to 28,653 in 2017, showing a slight dip of 5.9 percent in 2017 as per the report of NCRB 2017. The reason behind the murders indicates ‘Disputes’ which amounts to 7,898 cases was the motive in the maximum number of murder cases, followed by ‘personal vendetta or enmity’ (4,660) and ‘gain’ (2,103) according to the report.

Environmental Crimes:

According to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB)’s Crime Statistics Report for 2017, these offenses this year saw a huge rise in India. Data released on October 21st, 2019 reports that crime rates increased from 4,732 in 2016 to 42,143 in 2017. There is almost 790% increase in just 365 days.

Tamil Nadu with 49.6% hits the list with its contribution to the increase in environmental crimes, followed by Rajasthan (24%) and Kerala (16%). In most cases tobacco products and smoking escalate such crimes, claiming 70% of the contribution. Whereas, plastic use and dumping of plastic products into the rivers too ignite these crimes.