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22 PoCSO cases in Nagaland last year: NCRB

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In 17 cases, offenders were known to victim

DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 5: Nagaland registered 22 cases of sexual offences against children in 2022, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Out of the 22 victims of cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (PoCSO) Act in Nagaland last year, one was a boy.
Seven out of the 22 victims were aged between 6 and 12 years (including the boy), 13 were in the age between 12 and 16, and two were aged between 16 and 18.
In 16 cases, the offenders were known to the victim; there were four instances where the offenders were family members of the victims; nine of the offenders were either family friends/neighbours/employer or other known persons; and three of them were friends/online friends or live-in partners who abused the victims on pretext of marriage.
In only five out of the 22 cases, the offenders were either unknown to the victim or unidentified.
The NCRB data concerning Nagaland, however, came with a disclaimer. “Clarifications on data for Crime in India are pending from Nagaland. Hence, data from Nagaland State may be treated as provisional”, it stipulated.
Crimes against children
Per the NCRB data, Nagaland registered a total of 35 cases of crime against children in 2022. In 2020, the figure was 31, while in 2021 it was 51 cases registered.
The rate of crime against children in 2022 stood at 4.3%, while the rate of charge-sheeting was 90.
Some of the offences included in the list of crimes against children were 2 cases of murder, 1 infanticide case, 6 kidnapping and abduction cases ~ including 1 for compelling the victim for marriage ~ and 1 rape case.
There were 38 victims involved.
Police and Court
The report also provided data concerning disposal of crime against children in respect of police and court.
Nagaland Police registered 35 cases of crime against children in 2022, in addition to the 21 cases pending investigation from the preceding year. No cases were reopened for investigation, while 4 cases fell under the ‘true but insufficient evidence or untraced or no clue’ category.
There were 29 charge-sheets out of cases recorded that year, while 7 cases were charge-sheeted out of the previous year’s backlog.
In total, the police disposed of 40 cases, while 16 cases were pending investigation at the end of the year. The charge-sheeting rate stood at 90%, and the pendency percentage was 28.6.
As far as the court was concerned, there were 165 cases pending trial from the previous year and 36 cases sent for trial during the year.
Six cases were convicted out of the previous year’s quota, while 2 cases were convicted out of those recorded in 2022.
Two cases each were discharged and acquitted; there were 12 cases in which trials were completed and 12 cases were disposed of by courts.
When the year ended, 189 cases were pending trial. The court’s conviction rate was 66.7% against 94% pendency.
Out of the 42 persons arrested for crime against children in 2022, 37 were male and 5 female. Only 8 of them were convicted ~ who were all male.
(Page News Service)

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