The State registered 83,960 criminal cases in 2012 indicating an increase of 14 per cent over previous year, according to a White Paper tabled in the State Assembly on Friday.
The Paper stated that there was a rise in murder, rape, dowry torture, riots, loot and theft cases. Rape cases registered a sharp rise from 1,112 in 2011 to 1,458 in 2012. The Paper claimed that growing awareness contributed to filing of more reports.
Of 1,458 registered rape cases, 417 were convicted while 928 were chargsheeted. Out of 4,898 dowry torture cases, 526 related to murder for dowry while 82 were suicide cases. Of the remaining 3,054 cases, charge-sheets were filed in 1,608 cases.
The highest number of 102 rape cases was reported in tribal dominated Keonjhar district followed by 87 in Balasore, 86 in Mayurbhanj and 65 in Rourkela.
While cases of murder and plunder increased by 1.8 per cent and 13.3 per cent respectively, more theft cases were registered in 2012. Of the total 1,548 murder cases, 86 were reported in coastal Ganjam district followed by 80 in Rourkela, 78 in Jajpur, 75 in Balasore, 61 in Puri, 55 in Koraput, 54 in Sambalpur and 49 in Kendrapara district.