New Delhi: India will launch a National Registry of Sex Offenders on Thursday. The database will include the Aadhaar and PAN details of the criminals along with their photographs, DNA samples etc, a report said. The move comes against the backdrop of a nearly three percent increase in crimes against women and a 12-percent rise in rapes in 2016 as compared to 2015. Also Read - Man Chops Off Wife's Fingers Over Simple Family Fight In Madhya Pradesh, Accused Arrested

“The national registry of crimes against women will be launched next month. The records are being sourced from the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS),” a senior Union Home Ministry official told PTI in August. Also Read - Men Forced To Rape Family Members In Ethiopia's Tigray Region Under Threat Of Violence: UN

The National Crime Records Bureau will be the nodal agency to maintain the sex-offenders’ registry. It will help the law-enforcement agencies in identifying the repeat offenders, while people, too, would be aware of those involved in sex crimes, the official said. Also Read - Man Slits Throat of 4-Year-Old Girl During Rape Attempt, Dumps Her Body; Shocked Father Kills Self

According to NCRB data, as many as 38,947 rape cases were registered in 2016, against 34,651 in 2015. Overall crimes against women rose from 3,29,243 in 2015 to 3,38,954 in 2016.

A majority of cases categorised as crimes against women were reported under cruelty by husband or his relatives (32.6 per cent), followed by assault on woman with intent to outrage her modesty (25 per cent), kidnapping and abduction of women (19 per cent), and rape (11.5 per cent).

Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases (4,882) in 2016, followed by Uttar Pradesh (4,816) and Maharashtra (4,189).