Patna,(BiharTimes): Notwithstanding tall claims of fast-track-court and other measures Bihar is among the states having lowest convction rate in the country. Maharashtra with 8.2 per cent tops the list while the figure for Bihar stands at 15.5 per cent. Even the conviction rate of neighbouring UP is much better, 59.6 per cent.
According to the National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) 2011 figure north eastern states have highest conviction rate to be followed by Uttarakhand and Kerala, where the number of crime too is highest.
The conviction rate in Mizoram is 89.5 and Nagaland 88 while that of Uttarakhand is 65.5 per cent and Kerala 65.2 per cent.
North-east has the highest conviction rate in cases related to rape. Experts attribute this to the high consciousness and education among the women. The victims are bold enough to pursue the case and are not stigmatized as elsewhere in the country.
For example conviction rate in rape cases in Mizoram was 96.6 percent, Nagaland 73.7%, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, both 66.7%, and Meghalaya 44.4%.
What is strange is that Maharashtra, which makes tall claim of better law and order, has the lowest conviction level.
Conviction rates are the reflection of the performance of the police of the respective states––how it investigate a case to take it to logical conclusion and ensure punishment to the guilty.
Curiously the NCRB’s figure suggest that Kerala has the highest crime rate in 2011. The number of crimes committed per one lakh population is 515.6. Even in 2010, Kerala had the highest crime rate at 424.1.
True the number of crimes committed is highest in Kerala, yet it can not be denied that in some other states police do not register FIR just to show that the crime rate is better. Or the people are discouraged to lodge case against the criminals.