Murders down in Rio state, rapes and assaults soar
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 12:32
Rio de Janeiro: The murder rate in Rio de Janeiro state fell 18.4 per cent in July from a year earlier, official data showed, but sexual and other violent assaults soared in that same period.

The report from the Ministry of State Security -- which comes two weeks after longer-view government figures showed Brazil's murder rate jumped 32 per cent over 15 years -- said the 397 murders in the state in July 2009 fell to 324 murders in July this year.

Including the May-July quarter, homicides fell 24 per cent from 1,358 cases a year earlier to 1,032 murders this year.

Rio de Janeiro state, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games as well as several matches in the 2014 football World Cup, however, also saw a spike in other assaults. '

Violent assaults rose 6.07 per cent to 6,050 cases in July 2010 compared to 5,669 a year earlier, while instances of rape and other sexual assaults soared 20.3 per cent from 334 to 402 cases.

In terms of its ranking within Latin America, Health Ministry records put Brazil's murder rate in sixth place, with Colombia and Venezuela topping the table.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 12:32

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