Nearly half of the criminals arrested are youths

Poverty and lack of employment seem to be pushing younger people to crime as over 45 per cent of those arrested in 2009 for various crimes belonged to the age group of 18-30 years.

New Delhi: Poverty and lack of employment
seem to be pushing younger people to crime as over 45 per cent
of those arrested in 2009 for various crimes belonged to the
age group of 18-30 years.

"About 46.5 per cent of the arrestees belonged to 18-30
years reflecting the drift of younger people taking to
crimes," said a just-released report by the National Crime
Records Bureau (NCRB).

Out of a total of 77,51,631 people arrested in 2009,
about 36,04,500 belonged to the age group of 18-30 years.

"A large chunk of juveniles (64.1 per cent) belonged to
the poor families whose annual income was up to Rs 25,000. The
share of juveniles hailing from middle income group (ranging
from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2,00,000) was 12.8 per cent," said the
report titled `Crime in India 2009`.

Among the age group of 7-18 years, the statistics said,
there were 33,642 arrests made in that year for various
criminal offences, including murder, rape, kidnapping, theft,
arms smuggling and drug trafficking. Of them 2,092, or 6.2 per
cent, were girls. In 2008, a total of 34,507 boys and girls of
the said age group were arrested.

Theft topped the list of crimes for which 6,540 juveniles
were arrested in 2009. Burglary was second in which 3,210
juveniles were apprehended, followed by hurting (4,386) and
involvement in riots (2,025).

Nearly 1,000 were held for their involvement in murder
cases, while 728 were caught for attempting to murder. There
were also 887 arrests in rape cases, according to the report.

Other crimes that saw massive arrests in 2009 included
gambling (1,216), kidnapping and abduction (783) and
molestation (530).

In state-wise classification, Maharashtra tops the
list of juvenile crimes with 6,972 arrests for various IPC
and special and local law crimes, followed by Madhya Pradesh
where police have apprehended 6,186 people up to 18 years of
age.

Chhattisgarh is placed third with 5,112 such arrests,
followed by Tamil Nadu (2,927), Gujarat (2,466) and Rajasthan
(2,456).

Of the total 33,642 arrests made across the country, in
4,986 cases the culprits were sent to home after advice or
admonition, while 5,420 were sent to special juvenile homes,
1,113 were dealt with by fines and 1,507 were acquitted or
otherwise the cases involving them were disposed of.

However, more than 14,500 cases are still pending in
various courts, the report added.

PTI

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