CRIME RATES IN DELHI ARE COM­ING DOWN

Business Standard - - POLITICS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS - SOURCE DATA: DELHI PO­LICE, TEXT: ADITI PHAD­NIS, ME­DIA RE­PORTS

Delhi was the most un­safe among 19 ma­jor cities, ac­count­ing for nearly40 per cento frapes , 33 per centof crimes against women and the high­est crime rate in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Crime Records Bureau data. It got the du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion of top­ping the listin cases of mur­der, ab­duc­tion, ju­ve­niles in con­flict and eco­nomic of­fences for thatyear. Butno longer. Crime rates in the city are fall­ing.

A to­tal of 236,476 cases were reg­is­tered in 2018, with an in­crease in the num­ber of mur­ders (3.25 per cent) and thefts (7.7 per cent), par­tic­u­larly of ve­hi­cles (12.98 per cent), even as street crimes such as rob­beries and snatch­ing came down from the pre­vi­ous year.

But the Delhi Po­lice were able to con­trol “heinous” crimes such as da­coity, at­tempt to mur­der, rob­beries, ri­ot­ing and rapes, which showed an over­all de­cline of 11.72 per cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

Re­leas­ing the data ear­lier this week, Delhi Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik blamed in­equal­i­ties in so­ci­ety for crime. “When youth liv­ing in un­der­priv­i­leged clus­ters lo­cated next to the af­flu­ent neigh­bour­hoods see the rich peo­ple lead­ing a com­fort­able life, they have am­bi­tions of get­ting rich quickly. So, they are tak­ing to street crimes like snatch­ing and rob­beries,” said Pat­naik, while re­leas­ing the an­nual crime sta­tis­tics for 2018.

“There is a re­lent­less churn­ing of youth’s am­bi­tions, of­ten giv­ing rise to frus­tra­tions. The so­cioe­co­nomic dis­par­i­ties be­tween the rich and the poor are giv­ing rise to crim­i­nals,” he said, adding that the “so­cial struc­tures” were “loos­en­ing” and fam­i­lies were los­ing con­trol over young­sters.

Pat­naik said fig­ures showed an 11.32 per cent de­cline in use of guns in rob­bery but added that this was no con­so­la­tion. “The por­ous bor­ders and in­flux of crim­i­nals from neigh­bour­ing states is a prob­lem,” said the com­mis­sioner.

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