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The Real Story behind Juvenile Crime Data

This article looks at the data, reported in the Crime in India- Statistics Report, Chapter 10, on juveniles in confl ict with the law and analyses and interprets it against the "disclaimer" and "limitations" published in the Crime in India-Compendium Report for 2013. The terminologies used by the National Crime Records Bureau are critically analysed and the authenticity of certain tables and figures with respect to juveniles in conflict with law have been questioned.

To get anywhere near a true picture of crime in this or any other country, we need victimisation studies, case studies and information from a whole range of proxy variables which help to give flesh to the skeleton of official crime recording. We have known for a long time that official records are a more faithful reflection of the official reaction to crime than a picture of crime itself.

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