Criminal intent

The startling motive behind nearly 40% of abductions in India


The Indian National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), for the first time ever, has collected data on the reasons for abductions in India, and the results might shock you. Of the 77,000 kidnappings that took place last year, almost 31,000 were of women who had been abducted in attempts to compel them to marry their captors. On the other hand, ransom payments were the motives behind only 676 kidnappings, and more than 1,500 people were kidnapped by abductors for whom murder was the intent. Police sources told the Times of India that these unusually high numbers of marriage-related abductions were due to the fact that parents would register a complaint for kidnapping whenever a boy would elope with their daughter.

Read the full story at the Times of India.

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