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327% rise in agrarian riots in 2015, NCRB report shows [Society]

  • Incidents of rioting remained almost same in 2015 as compared to 2014, but as communal riots decreased, big increases were seen in other categories — agrarian, sectarian and student riots and caste conflicts, data from the “Crime in India” report for 2015 released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show.
  • Recorded incidents of agrarian riots jumped 327 per cent from 628 in 2014 to 2,683 in 2015.
  • Sectarian riots — defined as violence between sects of the same religion not considering caste conflict — showed a significant jump in incidents and convictions from a low base in 2014. Much of these incidents occurred in UP.
  • The decrease in communal riots recorded by NCRB — from 1,227 in 2014 to 789 in 2015 — however does not mesh with data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs in July 2016. Ministry data showed a slight increase from 644 incidents in 2014 to 751 in 2015.
  • NCRB data are based on FIRs, and there could be duplication in the number of cases registered. MHA data source is mostly concerned with the number of incidents alone.
  • Kerala tops the crime rate list, with 16.3 riot cases per lakh people, followed by Bihar (12.9) and Karnataka (10.6).
  • Uttar Pradesh had the maximum number of caste conflicts (724) followed by Tamil Nadu (426).
  • Chennai recorded the lowest rate of total crimes among major cites (154.3 per 1 lakh population).
  • The “Crime in India” report for 2015 released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show that the number of people arrested for student riots (3,600) increased – more than double compared to that in 2014 (1,474). The incidents of student riots increased by 85 per cent.
  • . Kerala, in fact, is the hotbed of political riots in the country with more than half (1,031) of the overall 1960 incidents.
  • Reported cases of rape and assault on women showed marginal change from 2014. Rape cases decreased by 5.7% while assault cases went up by merely 0.2%.