Marriage prime motive in most kidnappings of women: NCRB data
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.