Delhi becomes crime capital, 440% increase in major crimes in 10 years: Report

There has been a 440 percent increase in the reporting of major crimes in the last 10 years in the country’s capital Delhi from 2012 to 2021. This has been revealed in a report. The report on ‘State of Policing and Law and Order in Delhi’ prepared by Praja Foundation throws light on the investigation of cases as well as trial in Delhi. There was no immediate reaction from Delhi Police on this report.

According to the report, there has been an increase of 827 per cent and 552 per cent in the registered crimes of theft and snatching, respectively, between 2012 and 2021, while the registered crimes of molestation, rape and kidnapping/kidnapping have increased by 251 per cent, 194 per cent and 39 per cent, respectively. has increased.

The report further states that in 2021, 41 per cent of the total rape cases were registered under the POCSO Act. In the same year, it is observed that 91 per cent of the total abduction and abduction victims were children, while the conviction rate for crimes against women was 38 per cent and only 52 per cent for crimes against children.

Concern also expressed over delay in cases

The report said that by 2021, 99 per cent of crimes against women and children are pending trial and accordingly it will take 27 years to decide all such cases.

Praja Foundation CEO Milind Mhaske said that though it is a good sign that more citizens are coming forward to report crime, the sharp rise in crimes against women and crimes against children in Delhi is still worrying.

Citing an example, he said that from 2017 to 2021, 86 per cent of the victims of human trafficking in Delhi were children below the age of 18 years. In addition, 89 percent of all victims of human trafficking in 2021 were trafficked for forced labor.

Mhaske said that the police and law and order are the systematic factors in dealing with the rising crime rate in Delhi. However, the cases pending at the level of investigation and judiciary reflect the delay in providing justice to the victims. In 2021, 56 per cent of cases were pending investigation of crimes against women, which declined marginally from 58 per cent in 2017. Pending investigation of crimes against children has remained stagnant at 53 per cent in 2017 and 202.

Vacant posts in police were also told responsible for delay in investigation

The CEO of Praja Foundation blamed the delay in investigation of cases due to vacancies in the Delhi Police force. He said that in 2021-22 there was 12 per cent vacancy in police staff, out of which the maximum vacancy was for the post of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (74 per cent). Police Inspector, Sub-Inspector and Assistant Police Inspector play an important role. role during an investigation. Whereas in 2020-21, there was 13 per cent vacancy in these posts.

Cases are also pending at the level of the judiciary. The report mentioned that in 2021, 88 per cent of IPC cases were pending for hearing, while 96 per cent of SLL cases were pending for hearing. There has been an increase in the proportion of pending cases for crimes against women and children. Pending cases for crimes against women increased from 93 per cent in 2017 to 98 per cent in 2021, while pendency for crimes against children increased from 95 per cent in 2017 to 99 per cent in 2021.

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