National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

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Context: The Delhi High Court asked the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to explain what step has been taken to recognise and classify transgenders as a separate third gender in its annual publication of Prison Statistics India.

Analysis

National Crime Records Bureau

  • NCRB, now under the Home Ministry, was set up in 1986 to function as a repository of information on crime and criminals so as to assist the investigators in linking crime to the perpetrators.
  • NCRB developed Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS) in the year 1995, Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) in 2004, and finally Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & System (CCTNS) in 2009. 
  • National Digital Police Portal allows search for a criminal/suspect on a national database apart from providing various services to citizens like filing complaints online and seeking antecedent verification of tenants, domestic help, drivers etc.
  • NCRB also compiles and publishes annual National Crime Statistics i.e., Crime in India, Accidental Deaths & Suicides, Prison Statistics and Finger Prints. 
  • NCRB has been conferred with “Digital India Awards 2016-Silver Open Data Championship” from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • NCRB has also floated various IT based Public Services like Vahan Samanvay (online Motor Vehicle Matching), Talash (matching of missing persons and dead bodies).
  • In addition, NCRB also maintains Counterfeit Currency Information and Management System (FICN) and Firearms Coordination System for lost and recovered firearms.

Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal

  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal to check objectionable online content.
  • The portal will allow citizens to lodge complaints on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material and sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.
  • The portal will enable citizens to report complainants in without disclosing their identity.
  • It also allows complainants to upload objectionable content and URL to assist in the investigation by state Police.
  • The complaints registered through this portal will be handled by police authorities of respective State/UTs.
  • In this regard, NCRB has been notified as a Central Government nodal agency to issue notices under the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Other functions of NCRB

  • To function as a clearinghouse of information on crime and criminals including those operating at National and International levels so as to assists the investigators.
  • To store, coordinate and disseminate information on inter-state and international criminals from and to respective States, national investigating agencies, courts and prosecutors in India without having to refer to the Police Station records.
  • To collect and process crime statistics at the National level.
  • Executive and develop computer-based systems for the Central Police Organisations.
  • To function as the National storehouse of fingerprint (FP) records of convicted persons including FP records of foreign criminals.

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