Trafficking,kidnapping increases

Cases of trafficking, robbery and kidnapping have risen by 27 per cent in Maharashtra, says the CID annual report on 2011 crime trends.

The report released on Friday by home minister R R Patil shows though crimes against women dropped by 1.45 per cent, offences registered under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act went up from 306 in 2010 to 390 in 2011. The number was 270 in 2009.

"The rising number suggests more cases are being reported, which is the first step toward bringing down the rate," a CID officer said.

On a positive note, the number of abetment to suicide cases and dowry deaths have gone down by 13.7 per cent and 16 per cent.

Robberies have gone up by 14 per cent while kidnapping has registered a rise of 10 per cent.

The conviction rate for 2011 was a meagre 8.2 per cent, slightly lower than 9 per cent in 2010.

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