- The number of cases related to crime against children increased
- The region has been a hub of trafficking
Guwahati: A shocking report came to the light regarding crimes against children in the state. Assam has reportedly seen a three-fold increase in the number of cases relating to crimes against children between 2014 and 2016 and nearly 75 percent of these were kidnapping cases, the report said.
According to the report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the number of cases related to crime against children increased from 1,385 in 2014 to 2,385 in 2015 and 3,964 in 2016. The NCRB report also revealed 821 cases of the sexual offense against children in Assam in 2016 of which 586 were rape cases. Mizoram reported 167 cases followed by Tripura (156), Meghalaya (151), Manipur (43) and Nagaland (27). The cases were registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.
It also informed that the region has been a hub of trafficking, which reflects in the shocking revelations. 1,519 cases of abduction of minors were reported in Tripura, followed by 676 cases in which minor girls were kidnapped and forced into marriage. The state reported 32 cases of trafficking and another 31 cases relating to kidnapping for prostitution.
While, the number of cases of juveniles in conflict, however, came down to 436 in 2016 against 487 in 2014 and 624 in 2015. Meghalaya reported 84 cases involving juveniles. The figure was 57 in Arunachal Pradesh, followed by Mizoram (53), Tripura (25), Nagaland (18) and Manipur (10).
A city-based NGO, Save the Children blamed the poor implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), slow progress of trials and poor enforcement of laws.