India's delayed crime data shows improvement but is flawed: Analysts

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

India released its report on the state of crime in the country late last month, 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 100,000 people. That is down by 22 per cent, continuing the steady decline in murders in the country since 1992.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2019, with the headline 'India's delayed crime data shows improvement but is flawed: Analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe