Crimes against women, 2011 - 2015

India has witnessed increasing number of crimes against women over the years. We present a breakdown of the rise of the crimes in multiple categories: cummulative crime trends, top crime categories, the rise/fall in specific types of crimes.

Rise in crime

Overall, crime against women is rising.

  1. India recorded a marginally lower number of crimes in 2015 than 2014.
  2. However, this is still among the highest in recent years.

Top crimes by year

Across all the years, top three crimes account for ~80% of the crime incidents.
  1. Cruelty by Husband or Relatives
  2. Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty
  3. Kidnapping & Abduction


  1. Across the years, Uttar pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan account for 50% of the crimes.
  2. Post Telangana bifurcation (2014), understandably there is a reduction Andhra Pradesh crimes.

Since 2014

% change in crime incidents

Color by number of incidents

The good

  1. Three crimes have seen significant reductions from 2013 to 2014.
  2. Four crimes (Cruelty by Husband and Relatives, Dowry deaths, Indecent Representation of Women, Insult to the Modesty of Women) have reduced from 2014 to 2015.

The bad

  1. Incidents under Immoral Traffic Prevention Act have increased by 15% from 2014 to 2015.



    Rape reduced by 6.28% in 2015 due to reduction in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pra desh, West Bengal, Assam and Maharashtra despite increase in Odisha, Delhi and Chhattisgarh.

    Cruelty by Husband or Relatives reduced by ~9% (10448 incidents) in 2015 owing to a drop in West Bengal (>3000), Uttar Pradesh (~1800), Rajasthan (~1500), Madhya Pradesh(~1200), Kerala (~1250) despite a rise in Assam (1600).


    Kidnapping & Abduction has increased by 3.55% (~2000) in 2015 owing to its rise in Maharashtra (>2500), Assam (~1150), Bihar (423), Haryana (414), Delhi (267), Jammu & Kashmir (258) despite its marginal fall in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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