Anal sex is a thing of the past
A survey of the top 10 sex offenders in India, conducted by an NGO, has revealed that the number of men who have engaged in anal sex has dropped from 9,700 in 2007 to 6,600 in 2014.
In 2015, the number was 3,200.
While in 2016, the figure stood at 2,600, this is a drop of about 60%.
In the year 2013, the government had announced a ban on anal sex and had made it punishable with jail term of up to seven years for offenders.
The government had also made it mandatory for the police to register cases against those convicted.
But in 2016-17, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and police arrested only 2,000 people in cases of anal sex.
According to the NCRB, in the year 2014-15, more than 6,300 people were arrested in the country.
This number stood at 5,000 in the last five years.
But the number has dropped to 4,400 in the latest five years, the report says.
It says that in 2014-2015, a total of 11,813 people were booked under various sections of IPC in connection with anal sex, of which 7,847 were men.
In the year 2015-16, there were 9,828 people booked under the IPC sections for anal sex in connection of 2,838 cases.
In 2016-2017, there was a sharp drop in cases.
The NCRB said in the years 2016- 2017, there had been a drop in the number from 11,622 to 8,716.
In 2015-2016, there also fell to 7,719.
In 2014-2016 the number stood between 6,000 and 7,000.
The total number of such cases rose from 1,547 to 2,971, while the number recorded in 2015- 2016 was 5,926.
In 2017-2018, there has been a sharp decline.
The numbers have fallen to 735 from 851, while in the previous years the number rose from 5,636 to 6-7,200 cases.
The report states that this drop in sex offenders has come about after the government started enforcing the sex crimes laws, but there is still a large number of cases going unreported, and that the public does not trust the police or the courts.
“It is not easy to find out about cases of sexual offences, especially if a crime has been committed against a minor, and so many people are unaware of the law,” it says.
The report says that it is also difficult to ascertain whether a crime was committed, particularly in cases where it is not clear whether the victim was under the age of 16, as the age-of-consent law does not exist in the Indian Penal Code.
The NGO said that a report on the data compiled by the National Commission for Women (NCW), in partnership with the National Institute of Child Development (NICD), showed that in 2016 there were 6,632 cases of sex crimes against women and girls.
However, the NCW had said that in the same year, there have been 7,638 cases of rape against women.