Slump in sedition cases and Dalit atrocities in 2015: NCRB
A total of 30 sedition cases were filed in 2015 with nine being registered in Bihar, followed by three each in Haryana, Karnataka and Kerala.Nationally, there were 17 less cases compared to that in 2014.
In Jammu & Kashmir, only one case of sedition was reported in 2015 despite incidents of unrest and anti-India demonstrations.
Notably, 2016 witnessed a huge debate over use of sedition law in the wake of JNU incident where JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and other members were charged for allegedly organising an event to commemorate the death of parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.
Data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) also say that 571 cases of 'offence against the state' were registered all over the country in 2015 with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with 60 such cases, followed by southern states of Telangana (54, Karnataka (49) and Kerala (45).
The Crime against Dalits took a 4.4% dip in 2015 compared to 2014. While 45,003 cases of crimes committed against scheduled castes were reported in 2015, the number was 47,064 in 2014.Uttar Pradesh reported maximum number of attacks on Dalits -8,358, followed by Rajasthan (6,998), Bihar (6,438), Arunachal Pradesh (4,415) and Madhya Pradesh (4188). The cases included assault on Dalit women, murders, rapes and abduction.
ffences against the state', which was listed by NCRB for the first time last year, include waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the government (Section 121 of IPC), conspiracy to commit offences punishable by Section 121 (Section 121A) and collecting arms with intention of waging war against the government (Section 122), among others.