The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is in the process of creating a national registry of crimes against women. The announcement was made by the NCRB Chief Ish Kumar on May 21, 2018 at a seminar organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in New Delhi.
1. The records will be sourced from the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS).
2. The NCRB functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
3. The move comes against the backdrop of an around three-per cent increase in crimes against women and a 12-per cent rise in incidents of rape in 2016 as compared to 2015.
4. The Crime Bureau is in the process of hiring an agency to prepare the whole database.
The crime bureau was set up in 1986 to function as a repository of information on crime and criminals, in order to assist investigators in linking crime to the perpetrators. It was set up based on the recommendations of the National Police Commission (1977-1981) and the MHA’s task force (1985), by merging the Directorate of Coordination and Police Computer (DCPC), Inter State Criminals Data Branch of CBI, Central Finger Print Bureau of CBI and Statistical Branch of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D). The NCRB also compiles and publishes National Crime Statistics, which includes crime in India, accidental deaths and suicides and prison statistics.