NCRB Unveils Records of Accidental Deaths in India

A total of 3,90,884 accidental deaths were reported in India during the year 2011, according to National Crime records Bureau (NCRB).

In 2010, 6,235 accidental deaths were recorded.

According to reports, the accidental deaths have increased in the decade 2001-2011, with an increase of 44.2% in the year 2011.

The population growth during the period was 17.8%, whereas the increase of the rate of accidental deaths was 22.4%.

The report said out of the total accidental deaths, 3,67,194 (93.9%) deaths were due to unnatural causes.

60,515 (15.5%) accidental death cases were reported in Maharashtra out of 3,90,884 deaths in the country during the year.

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous State in the country with population share of 16.5%, comprised the 7.7% of accidental deaths in the country.

Puducherry (88.5) was reported with the highest rate of accidental deaths in the country followed by Goa (75.6), Chhattisgarh (60.6), Maharashtra (53.9) against the national average rate of 32.3.

While Nagaland (3.6) reported top of the less rate of accidental deaths compared to the national rate.

The states which reported less rate of accidental deaths compared to the national rate were Lakshadweep (10.9), Bihar (11.4), Manipur (12.0), Uttar Pradesh (15.1), Assam (16.0), Jammu & Kashmir (16.5), Jharkhand (19.0), West Bengal (23.3), Uttarakhand (23.5), Meghalaya (24.1), tripura (24.4), Mizoram (25.1), Arunachal Pradesh (28.3) and Odisha (28.3).

The report said the incidence has increased by 1.6% at national level during 2011 as compared to 2010.

Lakshadweep was reported with the highest increase of 133.3% in 2011 as compared to 2010 followed by Meghalaya (84.5%), Sikkim (38.0%), Punjab (28.2%) and Manipur (26.3%), while Dadar & Nagar Haveli had reported the highest decline of 39.2% followed by Arunachal Pradesh (14.3%) and Maharashtra (5.7%).*

According to reports, males accounted for 77.4% of total victims, while children accounted for 6.1% of total such deaths.

60.7% people of aged group between 15 to 44 years were reported most of the victims of accidents.

In the accidental death cases, 165072 (42.2%) cases reported were caused by traffic accidents, while 29708 (7.6%) in drowning, 29478 (7.5%) in poisioning, 26649 (6.8%) in sudden deaths, 24576 (6.3%) in fire incidents.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.