Rape cases rise, but conviction rate is low

July 19, 2014 01:00 am | Updated November 16, 2021 05:34 pm IST - Bangalore

Karnataka has recorded a steady rise in the number of cases of child rape, according to the statistics presented in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

While 97 cases of child rape were registered in 2011, it shot up to 270 in 2013. However, the conviction rate does not correspond with this increase, with the numbers being a dismal 13 and 17 respectively.

As many as 12,363 cases were registered until March 2013 in 28 States and seven Union Territories.

In response to a question raised by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, regarding the implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012, the Centre revealed that the conviction rate had, in fact, gone down. From 21 per cent in 2011, it reduced to 17.3 per cent in 2012, and 11 per cent in 2013.

Further, while 330 persons were arrested in 2013, only 14 persons were convicted. In 2011, only 16 were convicted while 147 were arrested, and in 2012 there were 19 convictions and 178 arrests.

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