NEW DELHI: The number of cases registered against juveniles in 2020 saw a dip compared to 2019, according to the latest data put up by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
In 2020, a total of 29,768 cases were registered against juveniles, which is a decrease of 7.8% over 2019 (32,269 cases).
Madhya Pradesh holds the worst record
At 4,819, Madhya Pradesh fares worst in the number of cases registered against juveniles in 2020. It is followed by Maharashtra (4,079), Tamil Nadu (3,394), Delhi (2,455), and Rajasthan (2,386).
Theft most common crime
The most common crime committed by juveniles under IPC in 2020 was theft - with 7,717 reported incidents.
Other crimes included burglary and rash driving. Crimes like rape and murder also featured in top ten with 937 and 981 incidents, respectively.
Most juveniles were arrested under Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes
A total of 35,352 juveniles were apprehended in 29,768 cases. Of which, 31,618 were apprehended under cases of IPC , while 3,734 were arrested under cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL).
A whopping 76.2% juveniles, who were arrested under IPC & SLL crimes during 2020 were in the age group of 16 to 18 years.
Only 6.7% juveniles apprehended were homeless
While the dip in cases against juveniles has come as good news, the analysis of their family, age and educational background made in the report is disturbing.
An analysis of the family background of juveniles arrested in 2020 shows that 29,285 (83.83%) of minors lived with their parents, while another 3,742(10.58%) lived with guardians. Only 2,325 (6.7%) of them were homeless.
Most juveniles in conflict with law were educated
According to the report, juveniles who went to school committed more crimes than those who didn't.
Of the total juveniles arrested in 2020, 17,494 had completed primary school, but not matriculation, while 9,252 had received primary education. A total of 4,966 juveniles were above matric to higher secondary. Just 2,522 of them were illiterates, while only 1,088 of them had a high school education.