Mar­riage prime mo­tive in most kid­nap­pings of women: NCRB data

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aloke Tikku let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Women were the tar­gets of 70% of abductions in the coun­try in 2015 but mar­riage, and not a ran­som, was the pri­mary mo­tive in 53% of the cases, ac­cord­ing to na­tional crime statis­tics re­leased this week. The Na­tional Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said 31,800 women were taken against their will for mar­riage, ac­count­ing for 53% of the 60,000 women ab­ducted in 2015.

But this fig­ure also in­cludes cases where par­ents of the girl re­ported that their daugh­ter was forcibly taken away when she may have eloped.

The NCRB statis­tics also show that over 780 ab­duc­tion cases were booked against ju­ve­niles. In­ci­den­tally, the ac­cused was be­low 12 years in four cases. Of the rest, most of the ju­ve­niles were in the age-group of 16-18.

At 8,290, Ut­tar Pradesh had reg­is­tered the largest num­ber of cases for ab­duc­tion of women for forced mar­riages. Bi­har came next, with 4,444 cases. As­sam reg­is­tered 4,141.

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