GUWAHATI, Nov 26 - The number of crimes committed by juveniles in Assam under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Special and Local Laws (SLL) has gone down.
As per the latest government data, a total of 192 cases were registered against juveniles under different crime heads of IPC and SLL during 2017 in Assam.
This shows a decrease from the 2016 figures, when a total of 436 crimes committed by juveniles were registered in the State.
Of the total number of such cases in 2017, the latest year for which data has been released by the government, 183 were under IPC.
They included six cases related to murder, one for causing death by negligence, 50 for causing hurt and grievous hurt, two with assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, 30 with kidnapping and abduction, 10 with rape, 25 with theft, 18 with burglary, three with rioting, while 38 were cases of other cognizable IPC crimes.
Another nine cases were registered against juveniles under different heads of SLL during the year under review.
All these nine were related with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
Nationally, a total of 33,606 crimes were committed by juveniles in 2017, as against 35,849 in the previous year.
Most of the juveniles apprehended under various sections of the IPC and the SLL in the State were either illiterates or had education only up to the Matric level.
As per the data, a total of 191 juveniles were apprehended for various cases across Assam during 2017.
A classification of such juveniles shows that as many as 55 were illiterates, while 37 had primary education and another 83 were in the category of above primary to Matric status. Only 16 such juveniles had educational qualification of Matric to Higher Secondary level and none above the Higher Secondary level.
As for family background, 116 were living with parents, 12 were living with guardians and 63 were homeless.