Delayed Indian crime statistics show fall in rapes, murders but hides a lot else

The skyline of Mumbai's financial district seen in a photo taken on June 18, 2019.
The skyline of Mumbai's financial district seen in a photo taken on June 18, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGALORE - India released its report on the state of crime in the country in late October, two years behind schedule. Unlike previous years, the much-awaited 2017 report came with no announcement and simply appeared on the website of the National Crime Records Bureau, which compiles the data.

Although overall crime rates seem to have increased, the murder rate is at its lowest ever, at an average 2.49 incidents for every hundred thousand people. That is down by 22 per cent, continuing the steady decline in murder in the country since 1992.

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