Preventive detentions in 2021 up by 23.7% compared to year before

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With over 1.1 lakh people in preventive detention, 2021 saw an increase of over 23.7% in preventive detention compared to a year ago, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau.


  • Of these, 483 were in custody under the National Security Act.
  • A total of more than 24,500 people placed in preventive custody were either in custody or were still in custody till the end of last year.

  • According to the 2017 NCRB report, a total of 67,084 people were detained in the year 2017 as a preventive measure.

  • The number of persons placed under detention has been increasing steadily since 2017. 

  • The number is more than 98,700 in 2018 and more than 1.06 lakh in 2019 and 89,405 in 2020.

  • According to data related to 2021, last year 1,10,683 people were placed under preventive detention.


Preventive Detention :

  • It is a statutory power under the state, under which the state can detain any person to prevent him from committing any possible offence.

  • Article 22 of the Indian Constitution provides protection to persons arrested or taken into custody.

  • There are two types of detention - punitive and preventive.

  • Under punitive detention, a person is punished after trial and conviction in court for the offence committed by him.

  • Under preventive detention, a person is detained without trial and without conviction by the court.

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