ISLAMABAD (APP) – In india, close to 40% of all ‘kidnappings’ in the country are of women who are abducted for marriage.

Latest data from the Indian National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which has for the first time tabulated data on reasons for abduction, also suggests that ransom is no more a major motivation for kidnapping, The Times of India reported.

The NCRB data for 2014 shows that of over 77,000 kidnappings in India that took place last year, only 676 had ransom as motivation. Close to 31,000 women were kidnapped last year with the intent to compel them for marriage. Over 1,500 people were kidnapped with an intent to murder them.

The data shows that Indian states Uttar Pardesh, Bihar and Assam accounted for almost 50% of all kidnappings for marriage. Among these states, UP recorded the highest such offences with 7,338 cases of kidnapping of women. Such offences also made up almost 60% of all kidnappings in UP.

Bihar followed with 4,641 such cases. Marriage-related abductions accounted for 70% of all abductions in Bihar. Assam, which clocked 3,883 such cases, had the highest rate of such offences at 25 per one lakh of population.