Updated 2018 06 10: The update was made to identify that the general public is now prohibited from accessing NCRB documents identified in this article. Links to such now inaccessible documents are annotated in red font.
The Indian Government and lying with statistics. It is being done quite craftily. To figure it out, watch the pea under the shell. It is as simple as that. [Note, 2018 06 10: However, the pleasure Rajiv Mehrishi expressed upon the release of the Indian NCRB’s fibs appears to be at odds with the NCRB’s actions, subsequent to 2017 06 17, when the NCRB undertook to bar access to its annual reports, going back to 1967.]
http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2012/Snapshots.pdfviii * http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2013/snapshots.pdfviii * http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2014/page-vii-x%20snapshots.pdfix * http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2015/adsi-2015-full-report.pdfix * http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2012/table-2.4.pdf* http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2013/table-2.5.pdf* http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2014/table-2.4.pdf* http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2015/adsi-2015-full-report.pdf*
* Note 2018 06 10: This blog posting was originally published 2017 06 18, when the preceding eight links still led to the indicated NCRB documentation. After the publishing of this blog posting, the NCRB barred the general public from having access to the NCRB documents identified by the preceding eight links.
How NOT to lie with statistics, by using the same absolute numbers of respective suicide victims but by expressing the relative sizes of the respective victim groups of husbands and wives who committed suicide in terms of percent of all suicide victims.
The percentages thus calculated should have been used all along instead of the percentages that were used in the introductions to the annual NCRB (National Crime Reports Bureau) reports. The percentages that were used by the NCRB instead of the objective truth reflect propaganda in action.
This is how the NCRB misrepresents accurate statistics to distort reality: In all instances of annual reports on accidental deaths, relating suicide data, the NCRB intentionally,
- Implies that suicides by women happen about as often as those that are being committed by men, and
- Stresses that “1 suicide out of every 6 suicides was committed by a ‘housewife’.”
Thus, the NCRB intentionally hides the simple truth about suicides: Men’s suicides happen at a rate that is more than twice as high as that of women’s.
Note that in all of the examples shown in the following, the fact that men commit suicide at more than twice the rate than women is being deliberately obscured.
Comparisons of the ratios of suicides by husbands vs. those by wives (from the introductions of the NCRB reports for years listed):
- 2012 — “Nearly 71.6% of the suicide victims were married males while 67.9% were married females.” and “1 suicide out of every 6 suicides was committed by a ‘housewife’.”
http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2012/Snapshots.pdfp. viii *
- 2013 — “Nearly 70.8% of the suicide victims were married males while 66.6% were married females.” and “1 suicide out of every 6 suicides was committed by a ‘housewife’.”
http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2013/snapshots.pdfp. viii *
- 2014 — “1 suicide out of every 6 suicides was committed by a ‘housewife’, nearly 67.0% of the male victims were married while 63.6% of female victims were married.”
http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2014/page-vii-x%20snapshots.pdfp. ix *
- 2015 — “1 suicide out of every 6 suicides was committed by a ‘housewife’. Nearly 70.5% of the male victims were married while 67.3% of female victims were married.”
http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2015/adsi-2015-full-report.pdfp. ix *
* Note 2018 06 10: This blog posting was originally published 2017 06 18, when the preceding four links still led to the indicated NCRB documentation. After the publishing of this blog posting, the NCRB barred the general public from having access to the NCRB documents identified by the preceding four links.
P.S. 2018 06 10:
The NCRB obviously no longer wishes that the general public is able to access the indicated documentation. It is perhaps easier to prevent the general public from having access to the indicated documentation, than it is to make the required corrections in the misleading summaries and press releases that were habitually published over the years.
The NCRB’s reluctance to admit that it was engaged for many years in producing misleading summaries and press releases that misrepresented data that clearly showed that the plight of India’s men was being downplayed to facilitate the promotion of the concept of women as victims of large-scale discrimination and systemic oppression is understandable.
The issue of the NCRB hiding from the public that the NCRB had habitually and systematically engaged in such a serious program of deception needs to be publicly addressed and remedied. It must not be hidden by preventing the general public from having access to NCRB data going back to 1967, information that was compiled and published – with the help of large sums of taxpayer funding – over the span of almost half a century.
Suggestion: India’s taxpayers and legislators should ask the Honourable Rajiv Mehrishi, Home Secretary, Government of India, for an explanation why and how it has been decided that the NCRB has the authority to hide information from the Indian public, which the latter always had the right to gain free and unrestricted access to.
A relatively good ending to the dilemma is that I have copies of the indicated documents that the public no longer can get access to without special permission. I will gladly make copies of those documents available in digital format to interested parties who can demonstrate a need for them, but I would like to do so no more than once and to leave the distribution of further copies of the documentation in the hands of Indian men’s rights activists who would like to discuss the contents of the documents with the media.
Addendum (2018 06 10)
Is the NCRB at odds with Rajiv Mehrishi?
On July 29, 2016 Rajiv Mehrishi expressed pleasure, when he announced the release of the annual report “Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India” for the year 2015 published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The NCRB subsequently countered that with disdain for India’s taxpayers. At some time during the interval from 2017 06 17 to 2018 06 09 the NCRB decided that the general Indian public should no longer have access to its annual reports going back to all such reports published since 1967. Access to the reports had traditionally been freely possible.
Related blog-post: Indian men’s suicides have reached epidemic proportions, 2017 06 21