New Delhi | The national capital witnessed a whopping 200 per cent increase in crime in the last two years even and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi attributed the spurt to police registering all the complaints unlike in previous years. As per official data released today, 1.47 lakh cases were registered till December 15, 2014 which was almost 99.22 per cent higher than the same period in 2013 and almost a 200 per cent jump from 54,287 cases in 2012.
When it comes to crime against women, the number of rape cases rose from 1571 in 2013 to 2069 in 2014, a jump of 31.70 per cent while cases of molestation grew from 3345 to 4179, a hike of 25 per cent. 2014 also saw a 185 per cent surge in street crime–from 33,997 in 2013 to 96,922 in 2014. The biggest rise of 459 per cent was registered in robberies which rose from 1106 in 2013 to 6180 in 2014 followed by theft and burglaries which recorded an increase of 327 and 289 per cent respectively.
The number of cases of snatching also grew by almost 100 per cent from 3316 in 2013 to 6944 in 2014. Bassi, who took charge from Neeraj Kumar in August 2013, said the rise in cases was the result of his batting for truthful registration of crime. Police officials, however, accept that in most of these street crimes, complainants were earlier turned away at police stations to keep the crime graph down. Last year, I had urged that we must stamp out burking from our functioning as it is one of the major causes of public dissatisfaction.
I now have no hesitation in placing on record that reluctance to register cognizable crime has almost disappeared among Delhi Police officers, Bassi told reporters here today at Delhi Police’s annual press conference. The seedling of truthful registration planted in 2013 has firmly established itself and the crime registration (1,47,230 till 15-12-14) which had remained depressed for years (e.g. 64882 in 1998 and 54287 in 2012) now represents largely a true state of affairs, he said.
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