Ac­tivist ques­tions de­lay in re­ports on crime, sui­cide rates

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - [email protected]­

Mum­bai: More than a month into 2019, the 2017 re­port on crimes across the coun­try has not been re­leased as the Na­tional Crime Data Record (NCRB) is mak­ing ex­ten­sive changes to the re­port for­mat and some states have not pro­vided data for the ad­di­tional pa­ram­e­ters. How­ever, with the prison sta­tis­tics, ac­ci­dent and sui­cide re­ports for 2016 also still pend­ing, an RTI ac­tivist has raised ques- tions over the rea­sons for the de­lay.

RTI ac­tivist Ji­ten­dra Ghadge who had sub­mit­ted a query to the NCRB about the de­lay, told TOI: “Since there are just two months left for Gen­eral elec­tions, the ex­cuses given by the NCRB are sus­pi­cious. The real rea­son seems to be political and not tech­ni­cal. I can un­der­stand the de­lay in re­leas­ing the 2017 re­port, but why is the NCRB re­con­firm­ing the ADSI (ac­ci­den­tal deaths and sui­cides in In­dia) data of 2016 with the states and UT's? It's seems the gov­ern­ment does not want fig­ures of farmer sui­cides go­ing pub­lic.”

While the NCRB did not re­spond to TOI’s mail in­quir­ing about the de­lay, its RTI re­ply to Ghadge pointed out that re­vised pro­for­mas re­quired State/UTs to pro­vide data for ad­di­tional pa­ram­e­ters. “Req­ui­site data is yet to be re­ceived from few states/UTs,” the NCRB said in its re­ply on Fe­bru­ary 4. The NCRB also at­tached a let­ter of Joint Di­rec­tor Suren­dra Pawar with the query that they have re­peat­edly fol­lowed with the states/ UTs.

Ex­perts too feel that one rea­son for the de­lay is lo­cal po­lice from smaller cities not giv­ing re­ports promptly or sub­mit­ting in­com­plete re­ports. Former Ma­ha­rash­tra DGP said there is noth­ing fishy in the de­lay. “The two are com­pletely dif­fer­ent re­ports. There is to­tal re­form­ing of the re­port mak­ing it more an­a­lyt­i­cal and use­ful to un­der­stand var­i­ous crimes, which has re­sulted in de­lay. Ac­ci­dents data also is be­ing re­viewed,” said Dixit.

Agree­ing with Dixit, IPS of­fi­cer-turned-lawyer YP Singh said the main rea­son for de­lay is that full data is not sup­plied by the dis­trict po­lice. Since there are sev­eral lev­els of com­pi­la­tion start­ing from po­lice sta­tion, sub-divi­sion, dis­trict and state, this leads to de­lay. “The de­lay takes place mainly be­cause of red-tape at the po­lice sta­tion level. Un­less com­plete data is re­ceived from all the states, the fi­nal com­pi­la­tion can­not be done,” Singh said.

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