Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: With 17,144 cases, Odisha has recorded the maximum number of crime against women in 2015 after Delhi, Assam and Telengana. Figures in National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show the coastal State had witnessed 14,606 criminal cases against women in the previous year.

While the rate of such case cases in every one lakh female population is 81.9 per cent, in the year, the State’s share in the category in all-India total stands at 5.2%.

Delhi tops the list with 17,104 cases and is followed by Assam (23,258) and Telengana (15,135).

Besides, in the year Odisha has recorded 2,251 cases when it comes to ‘worst rates/ numbers of incidents. The rate of such incidents is 10.8 per one lakh female population.

Under the category of “assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty”, 2015 saw 84,222 cases being registered across the country as against 82,235 in 2014. The category includes offences such as sexual harassment, assault or use of criminal force to women with intent to disrobe, voyeurism, and stalking.

Kidnapping and abduction of women also increased in 2015 — to 59,277 cases from 57,311 in 2014.

Forcing a woman into marriage continues to be the chief reason to kidnap her. According to the data, in 2015, close to 54% of all abductions of women were carried out to force them into marriage. In 2014 too, this reason was behind over 50% of all kidnappings of women.