According to the 2011 census, Delhi is the second-largest city in India by population after Mumbai. In any case, much smaller in comparison to India. Yet the crime rate in the capital city is four times the average of the whole country. India's rape capital is now India's crime capital too.
After a considerable delay in the release of the report, recently released figures by the National Crime Records Bureau (2017) show that Delhi witnessed a total number of 1,050 IPC (Indian Penal Code) crime incidents per lakh of the city's population (estimated at 28 million in the year). In other words, four times the national average of 238 incidents.
The biggest increase in the IPC crime rate, after Delhi, has been recorded in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Given the fact that compared to the figures from 2007, Delhi has gone from 335 to 1050 such cases is alarming.
Fifteen states and UTs, however, record a significant decrease in the annual change including Kerala, West Bengal, Mizoram, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab and Rajasthan among others.
Of the 50 lakh+ cognisable crimes that were registered PAN India in 2017, over 3.5 lakh were cases of crime against women continuing the upward trend for the third consecutive year. The cases categorised as crimes against women include murder, rape, dowry death, suicide abetment, acid attack, cruelty against women and kidnapping, etc. with UP registering the maximum number of such cases followed by Maharashtra and West Bengal. Delhi saw a decline in crimes against women for a third consecutive year, however, the city is still not considered safe for women.
On one hand, Delhi saw a decline in crimes against women while on the other, it saw an overall rise in crimes. Better policies need to be introduced by the government to make the city of rallies a better place.
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