New Delhi: Almost three months after releasing crime data of 2017, National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has now released the crime data of 2018 stating that over 50 lakh cognizable crimes were registered in the year.

According to the NCRB, crimes have increased by 1.3% in the year 2018.

"A total of 50,74,634 cognizable crimes comprising 31,32,954 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 19,41,680 Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes were registered in 2018. Though it shows an increase of 1.3% in the registration of cases over 2017 (50,07,044 cases), however, the crime rate per lakh population has come down from 388.6 in 2017 to 383.5 in 2018," NCRB said.

NCRB crime data also states that during 2018, registration of cases under IPC increased by 2.3% whereas SLL crimes have declined by 0.1% over 2017. The percentage share of IPC was 61.7%, while of SLL cases it was 38.3% of total cognizable crimes during 2018.

The NCRB further claimed that a total of 29,017 cases of murder were registered during 2018, showing an increase of 1.3% over 2017 (28,653 cases). Similarly, majority of cases under crimes against women out of total IPC crimes against women were registered under 'Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives' (31.9%), followed by 'Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty' (27.6%), 'Kidnapping and Abduction of Women' (22.5%) and 'Rape' (10.3%). The crime rate per lakh women population is 58.8 in 2018 in comparison with 57.9 in 2017.

In crime against children, in percentage terms in 2018, kidnapping and abduction were 44.2% and cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 were 34.7%, including child rape. The crime rate per lakh children population is 31.8 in 2018 in comparison with 28.9 in 2017.

"A total of 67,134 children (19,784 male, 47,191 female and 159 transgender) were reported missing in 2018," NCRB stated.