NEW DELHI: Crimes against women have fallen drastically in the capital this year (till July). Figures suggest a 60% reduction in the number of cases of rape compared to that during the corresponding period in 2019. Incidents of molestation, too, have fallen by around 70% year on year, according to the latest Delhi Police crime data.
A case of rape has to be filed verbatim on a woman’s complaint in Delhi, meaning the total number of such cases reflect an accurate crime graph against women. While 800 cases of rape have so far been registered between this January and July 31, the figure for the first seven months in 2019 was 1,299. The number of molestation cases has gone down, too: from 1,734 last year to 1,023 in 2020.

Street crime in Delhi down from last year
The crime data also shows the mandatory registration of snatchings, ordered by the new police chief since March, has started to show the real scenario with the number seeing a slight rise despite the lockdown. Against 3,806 cases reported last year, 3,935 cases have been registered this year.
Last year, police had come under fire for improper registration of snatchings with instances of e-FIRs and FIRs under theft being registered at several police stations. After taking charge, police commissioner S N Shrivastava asked district DCPs to have zero tolerance for improper registration of FIR as it would never let the real crime scenario be known.
Two hundred and eighty-five murders have taken place this year compared with 295 till July 31, 2019. A majority of these murders are a result of personal enmity or acts of passion, officials said.
Robberies, which reflect the street crime situation of the city to a large extent, have come down as well with 995 cases reported this year against 1,278 cases last. Cases of dacoities have reduced by 50% (six cases this year against nine last year).
Kidnappings for ransom have remained stagnant with nine cases registered till July 31 in both years, the data stated.
Call it the effect of lockdown and border restrictions, vehicle thefts have come down in the capital — 18,143 cases have been reported till July 31 compared with 27,187 cases last year. The decline shows that with a better vigil at borders and alert patrolling, vehicle thefts can be curbed permanently.

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