According to the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the conviction rate in rape cases is as low as 32.2 per cent at the national level.
The report also shows that the conviction rate was even lower in metropolitan cities at 27.2 per cent in 2017, the reference year for which the latest data is available.
The report ‘Crime in India – 2017’ shows that the conviction rate in cases of rape is even lower than that in cases of murder. While the conviction rate in rape cases in 2017 was just 32.2 per cent while it was 43.1 per cent in cases of murder.
In 2017, the total number of rape cases for trial was 1,46,201 at the national level, of which trial in only 18,333 cases were disposed of by courts. Of the total 8,099 rape cases where trial was completed in 2017, 5,822 cases resulted in conviction. 1,1453 cases resulted in acquittal and 824 cases in discharge.
The NCRB report also shows that chargesheeting rate in rape cases has come down to 86.6 per cent in 2017 from 95.4 per cent in 2013.
A total of 28,750 rape cases were sent for trial during 2017, but only 1,010 cases (3.5 per cent) resulted in conviction.
Credit: The Indian Express