TELANGANA JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

TELANGANA JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

Official Journal of Indian Psychiatric Society - Telangana State Branch

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TELANGANA JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

TJP. 2016 Volume 2 : Issue 1

Rapes in India during 1991-2014

P. Gopala Sarma

Abstract

Background: Increasing reports of rapes and responsibilities of clinicians.
Objective: To analyse rape in preteens, adolescents and adults in India over a period of two plus decades.
Methods: Rape rate was computed from National Crime Records Bureau of India crime data and US Census Bureau International population census statistics for the age groups- 0-12 (Preteen), 13-18 (Adolescent) and above 18 (Adults) for the period 1991-2014.  Rate was computed and trend plotted. 
Results: The total rape victims during the index period were 432847 averaging 18819. There were a total of  43520  preteen, 102833  adolescent and 286494  adult rape victims in the index period averaging  1892, 4471 and 12456 per annum respectively. The linear trend line indicates an increase in adolescent and adult group and almost stationary in preteens.
Conclusions: As rape rate is high in adolescents and adults and is on the raise, there is an urgent need for strategic planning in detecting, treating, and de-stigmatizing the act.

Keywords: Rape-Rape Rate- Trend-Preteen-Adolescent-Adult-India




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