Rise in Rape by Family Members in India

New Delhi, July 2014

Rape by a family member like a brother or father is one of the most under-reported crimes in India.  The number of cases reported on incest rape in India, has increased from 350 to 501 in the last one year between 2012 to 2013. Most victims are minors, aged between 14-18 years.

Data accessed from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveal that Maharashtra has reported the highest number of such cases in the last two years increasing from 77 in 2012 to 108 in 2013. This is followed by Kerala which reported 79 cases last year as compared to 47 in 2012. Uttar Pradesh witnessed a sharp increase in reporting of incest rape cases from 12 in 2012 to 63 in 2013. Other states that closely followed are Delhi where cases increased from 41 to 47 and Rajasthan where the number of cases were 56 up from 2012’s 44. Indian laws do not mention incest specifically but in case the victim is a minor, it is treated as a sexual abuse case under the Protection of Child from Sexual Offences Act 2012.



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