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Crime against senior citizens, children went up in Odisha 2022: NCRB | Bhubaneswar News



BHUBANESWAR: Senior citizens and children appeared to be unsafe in Odisha last year if a rise in crimes against them reflected in the NCRB report is any indication.
While a total of 7,899 cases involving crime against children were reported in the state in 2021, the figure went up to 8,240 last year, soaring by 4.3%. Offences against elderly people saw an alarming increase to 551 cases in 2022 from 210 cases in 2021, recording a rise by 162%.
“It is a cause of concern that only 210 cases of crime against senior citizens were reported in 2021 as against 326 cases in 2020.An alarming rise of the cases in 2022 should be taken into account seriously by cops,” said JP Mishra, a member of a senior citizens’ association in Bhubaneswar.
According to the NCRB findings, bulk of the crimes against senior citizens involved verbal abuse and criminal intimidation by miscreants over property disputes. During 2022, four elderly persons were murdered, nine assaulted brutally, four raped, 29 faced theft and five were robbed in different parts of the state. While police arrested 141 people on charges of committing crimes against senior citizens, not a single case ended in conviction in 2022, the NCRB report highlighted.
“We are aware of the data and have been taking measures for the safety and security of elderly people. Senior citizen security cells are functional in police stations in various districts and commissionerate police area. Our personnel have been visiting the houses of elderly people staying alone and sensitising them to adopt safety precautions,” a senior police officer said.
Police said several measures have been undertaken to curb crime against children. “The maximum crimes against children involve missing and elopement cases that are being treated as kidnapping. We have also been according top priority to cases related to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso),” the police officer said.

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