Data Speaks: 10 data points to show that ‘fast’ justice to rape victims seems to be a far cry in India! 

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CJI Bobade yesterday, in an event, said that ‘justice’ cannot be instant. India’s criminal justice delivery system shows a grim and disappointing picture. Forget instant, the demand for even ‘fast’ delivery of justice to rape victims seems to be a far cry in India!  

1- From 1971 to 2017, there has been an increase of whooping 1209% in the number of rape cases. 

2- Crime of rape emerged as 4th most major form of crime perpetrated against women in 2017.    

3- In 2017, the conviction rate in rape cases stood at 32.2%. The conviction rate was even lower in metropolitan cities (27.2%) in 2017

4- In 2017, out of the total 1,46,201 cases for trial, only 5,822 cases resulted in a conviction. 

5- The situation was even terrible for acid attack cases, out of the total 23,39,073 cases for trial, 73,882 cases resulted in conviction i.e. 30% conviction rate in case of acid attacks. 

6- The conviction rate in rape cases has increased marginally in recent years but the charge sheeting rate has gone down from 95% in 2013 to 86% in 2017. 

7- Crimes under the POCSO Act (including child rape) stood at 25%. 

8- Out of the total rape crimes committed against female victims, 30% are children (below 18) and 70% are women (above 18). 

9- A scheme to set up 1,023 dedicated special fast-track courts to handle rape and POCSO cases is still “under implementation”. 

10- As per National Judicial Data Grid, more than 48% of all criminal cases get delayed because accused or witnesses do not show up for hearings. 

Source: NCRB 2017 report