Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 (LocalWire): The conviction rate in rape cases remained on the lower side in the state in 2018 while rape and murder cases went up, the minister of state for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra told the Assembly today.
The number of rape cases went up to 2,502 in 2018 from 2,221 in 2017 though only 18.35% rapists were convicted for their offences, he added.
Last year, one in more than five rape cases ended in conviction, according to the government’s admission in the Assembly.
Districts like Phulbani (42.59%), Angul (33%), Mayurbhanj (30%), Deogarh and Dhenkanal (28.57%), and Jagatsinghpur (25.80%) performed better with regard to conviction of rape cases.
The track record of the police wing of Kendrapara (2.85%), Koraput (3.22%), Bhadrak (4.54%), Boudh (6.38%) was on the lower side.
Keonjhar with 91 cases witnessed the highest number of rapes in 2018 with 19 offenders convicted. The rate of conviction remained at 20.82%. The conviction rate was 17.5% in Kalahandi which had registered 74 rape cases last year.
The state has registered as many as 17,479 rape cases, 15,012 murder cases and 5,574 dacoity cases from January 2009 to September 2019, the minister added.
Delayed investigation is also resulting in lower rate of conviction of rapes. Besides, discrepancies in the charge-sheets submitted to court by police make the cases weak during trial leading to acquittal of the accused.
Witnesses under pressure from various quarters also turn hostile, leading to the decline in conviction, said Orissa High Court lawyer, Bibhu Prasad Tripathy.