Assam is the deadliest place for women in India as the state recorded highest number of rapes and cyber offences against women in 2018.

The National Crime Records Bureau’s crime in India 2018 report, which was released on Wednesday, Assam recorded the highest number of rapes (a total of 66) in India, followed by Madhya Pradesh (46), Uttar Pradesh (41) and Haryana (26).

There was a rise in the number of recorded cases of rapes in 2018 in India. In 2018, there were total cases of 291 rapes, against 223 cases in 2017.

According the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, in 2017, Assam was in second position with 27 cases of rape.

In 2017, Uttar Pradesh had topped the list with 64 rapes, while Maharashtra (26) and Madhya Pradesh (21) were in third and fourth positions.

According to the NCRB data, there has been a 31 percent spurt in cases of rape with murder in 2018 as compared to 2017.

In addition to leading the list of highest cases of rape in India, Assam in 2018 also registered the maximum number of cyber offences against women.

Assam topped the list with a registration of 295 cases, involving women as victims of cybercrimes, in 2018.

Assam was followed by Odisha with 208 cases in the same year, the NCRB report, said.

The NCRB said most of the cybercrime cases in the state in 2018 were related to sexual harassment of women on social media.

Women and children were also among the more vulnerable sections to crime in 2018, and the crime rate per lakh women population is 58.8 in 2018 compared to 57.9 in 2017, the report said.

The majority of crimes against women were under ‘Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives’ (31.9 percent) followed by ‘Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty’ (27.6 percent), ‘Kidnapping & Abduction of Women’ (22.5 percent) and ‘Rape’ (10.3percent).

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