In today’s post we will be discussing about crimes which happens on senior citizens on day to day basis when coming to figures pendency in 2019 is at 88%.
As per the reports and figures, As many as 28,104 senior citizens above 60 years became victims of various crimes during 2019. In absolute numbers the cases reported rose from 24,349 in 2018 to 27,696 in 2019. However, the status of trial in courts reflects that as many as 62,076 cases involving crimes against senior citizens from previous years too were pending trial at the end of last year putting the case pendency at 87.9%. The conviction rate was 33.9%.
Crime against senior citizens in Maharashtra
This data released as part of the Crime in India 2019 report shows that out of the 27,696 cases of crime against senior citizens, Maharashtra reported 6,163 cases, the highest number of cases among states, accounting for 22.3% of the total cases from all states and Union Territories. Incidentally, Maharashtra reported the highest number of cases in 2018 (5,961) and in 2017 (5,321) too.
Crime against senior citizens in Madhya Pradesh
Last year, Madhya Pradesh reported the second highest number of cases accounting for 15.1% of total cases (4,184) followed by Gujarat which accounted for 14.8% (4,088) cases. In terms of status of cases in courts, trial was completed in 6,837 cases and courts disposed 8,554 cases last year. The data puts the number of persons convicted in crimes against the elderly at 3,279.
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These report sheds light on the vulnerability of senior citizens to a wide range of crimes and how elderly women too face threat from sexual predators. As many as 63 cases involving rape of women above 60 years were reported and the highest number of victims were from Kerala (15) followed by eight each from Chhattisgarh and MP.
As many as 187 cases involving 191 elderly women were registered under the sections of the Indian Penal Code that falls in the category of “intent to outrage the modesty of a women”. The maximum cases were reported from Maharashtra
(43) followed by 35 cases involving 38 victims from Karnataka and 32 cases involving 33 victims from Kerala. Last year alone 1,156 murder cases involving 1,199 victims were reported in addition to 430 attempt to murder cases where 442 seniors faced assault. Maximum cases of murder were reported from Uttar Pradesh involving 209 victims followed by Tamil Nadu (177 victims) and Maharashtra (162).
The data also shows that 2,758 cases were registered involving 2,786 senior citizens who fell victim to forgery, cheating and fraud. Besides this 4,971 cases involving 4,973 victims of theft and 906 cases involving 915 victims of robbery were also reported. Many seniors also faced criminal intimidation. As many as 2,758 cases involving 2,786 victims were reported.
Section 415 in The Indian Penal Code
- Cheating.—Whoever, by deceiving any person, fraudulently or dishonestly induces the person so deceived to deliver any proper•ty to any person, or to consent that any person shall retain any property, or intentionally induces the person so deceived to do or omit to do anything which he would not do or omit if he were not so deceived, and which act or omission causes or is likely to cause damage or harm to that person in body, mind, reputation or property, is said to “cheat”.
Section 503 in The Indian Penal Code
- Criminal intimidation.—Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to
cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.
Section 464 in The Indian Penal Code
464 Making a false document. — 341 [A person is said to make a false document or false electronic record— First —Who dishonestly or fradulently—
- makes, signs, seals or executes a document or part of a document;
- makes or transmits any electronic record or part of any electronic record;
© affixes any 342 [electronic signature] on any electronic record;
- makes any mark denoting the execution of a document or the authenticity of the 342 [electronic signature],
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A fraud is an act of deliberate deception with the design of securing something by taking unfair advantage of another. It is a deception in order to gain by another’s loss.
Section 390 in The Indian Penal Code
- Robbery.—In all robbery there is either theft or extortion. When theft is robbery.—Theft is “robbery” if, in order to the committing of the theft, or in committing the theft, or in carrying away or attempting to carry away property obtained by the theft, the offender, for that end, voluntarily causes or attempts to cause to any person death or hurt or wrongful restraint, or fear of instant death or of instant hurt, or of instant wrongful restraint. When extortion is robbery.—Extortion is “robbery” if the offender, at the time of committing the extortion, is in the presence of the person put in fear, and commits the extortion by putting that person in fear of instant death, of instant hurt, or of instant wrongful restraint to that person or to some other person, and, by so putting in fear, induces the person so put in fear then and there to deliver up the thing extorted.
Section 378 of IPC
Section 378 of the IPC defines theft as, “Whoever, intending to take dishonestly any movable property out of the possession of any person without that person’s consent, moves that property to such taking, is said to commit theft”.
We can clearly see this by figures that Senior citizens are becoming more vulnerable to a crime against them by each passing year. Often victims of petty crimes, senior citizens are considered as soft targets because they are the one
who won’t be able to fight back due to their age. And according to md this is one of the main reasons why crime rates against senior citizens have been steadily increasing.
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