Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Home, Dibyashankar Mishra told the Assembly on Monday that 2,502 rape cases have been registered up to September this year.
Replying to another question, Mishra said that 1,430 rapes including 604 rapes of minors were reported in the first six months (Jan-June) of the year, an average of four cases each day.
At least 1,073 rape cases were disposed off in 2018, while 197 persons were found guilty, which amounts to 18.35 per cent conviction rate, the minister said.
He informed that 876 cases ended with acquittals in 2018.
The state government has published a notification to set up 24 special courts to deal with cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Twenty one more special courts will also set up in the state, Mishra added.