New Delhi. India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh has recorded the maximum number of heinous crimes like murder, kidnapping and crime against women and children, while Delhi topped in the list of such crimes among 19 major cities of the country, data released for 2016 by the National Crime Records Bureau said on Thursday.

According to the NCRB, BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh recorded 9.5% of the total crimes in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh with 8.9%, Maharashtra with 8.8% and Kerala with 8.7%.

Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of 4,888 murder cases in 2016, which is 16.1% of the total murder cases in the country. It was followed by neighbour Bihar, which recorded 2,581, or 8.4%, cases of murder.

In case of crime against women, Uttar Pradesh reported 49,262 cases followed by West Bengal’s 32,513.

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, also ruled by the BJP, recorded the highest number of crimes against Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes respectively. Madhya Pradesh registered 4,922 cases in 2016 against Scheduled Tribes – a sharp rise from 3,546 and 3,294 cases in 2015 and 2014 respectively. Rajasthan, on the other hand, registered 5,136 cases of crime against Scheduled Castes in 2016.

Among the 19 major cities of the country, Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes including murder, kidnappings, crimes against women and economic offences. It has 38.8% of total crimes, while Bengaluru and Mumbai followed with 8.9% and 7.7% respectively.

The national capital city recorded the highest number of 479 murders out of the total 2,194 cases (21.8) across all the 19 cities. It is followed by Bengaluru with 229 murders (10.4%) and Patna with 195 murders (8.9%).

Similarly, Delhi registered the highest number of 5,453 cases (48.3%) of kidnapping and abduction, followed by 1,876 cases (16.6%) in Mumbai and 879 cases (7.8%) in Bengaluru.

A total of 41,761 cases of crime against women were registered in 19 major cities in the country last year. Delhi with 13,803, or 33% of the total crimes, topped the list. Mumbai with 5,128 cases (12.3%) came second.

Delhi has also the dubious distinction of recording 40% of the total rape cases in all the 19 cities, according to the NCRB data.

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