Amid the spate of Covid-enforced restrictions, Mumbai noticed solely a marginal drop in registered crimes in 2020, rating fifth amongst 19 metropolitan cities, in accordance with the newest crime statistics launched by the Nationwide Crime Information Bureau (NCRB) on Tuesday.
Information confirmed that Mumbai recorded 58,676 circumstances underneath the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and particular and native legal guidelines in 2020, down from the 60,823 offences in 2018 and up from the 57,073 recorded in 2018. Delhi (262,443), Chennai (168,450), Ahmedabad (82,609) and Surat (59,604) registered extra crimes registered than Mumbai
The NCRB report additionally revealed that Maharashtra noticed an increase in crimes in during the last three years. The state recorded 394,017 circumstances in 2020, an increase of 47,726 from 2018 (346,291)
Consultants stated that though registered IPC circumstances confirmed a rise of round 1,000 in Mumbai (when evaluating 2018 to 2020), this was due to violations dedicated by folks underneath part 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) for violation of lockdown restrictions.
Based on the police, incidents of avenue crime additionally decreased significantly, owing to the motion in restrictions in 2020 as there have been fewer folks on the streets. Officers stated that the heavy presence of police personnel on the street, together with greater than 150 checkpoints throughout the town in the course of the lockdown interval, immediately contributed in the direction of getting the crime fee down. The statistics revealed that in 2020, no less than 16,181 circumstances had been registered underneath part 188 IPC in Mumbai.
“Final yr, the federal government had introduced a complete lockdown on account of which individuals didn’t get out to register a grievance even when against the law was dedicated,” stated an officer.
Mumbai was but within the second place for circumstances registered for grievous harm and assault with 4,229 circumstances, coming after Kolkata with 4,51.
“Regular improve in crime fee could possibly be the results of rising unemployment in a metropolis like Mumbai. Nevertheless, a number of causes will be behind the rising crime fee, which may solely be decided by inspecting the information intently,” stated professor Vijay Raghavan Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) centre for criminology and justice.
Some specialists declare that since Mumbai continues to be a rising metro with a number of job alternatives, many individuals migrate to the town, making it troublesome to learn about their background. “There are a number of individuals who don’t even know who’s their neighour or have by no means even spoken to them. It turns into straightforward for criminals to mix in such circumstances and commit crime with out leaving a hint,” stated an IPS officer, who didn’t want to be named.