City’s public transport, shelter homes are most unsafe for women in Maharashtra
Nagpur: In a shocking revelation that adds a notorious tag to the crime fabric of Nagpur, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in its report has stated that public transport and shelter homes in the city are the most unsafe for women in Maharashtra. Besides, in the serious body offences like murders, attempt to murder scenario, Nagpur has ranked second in Maharashtra. Similarly, in the incidents of crime against women, burglary and others, the city has the dubious distinction of being the second on the chart. Nagpur has also topped in the crime rate per lakh population in the State, keeping behind Mumbai and Pune (in maximum incidents).
With 97 murders in 2020, Nagpur ranked second after Mumbai with 148 murders. Pune was ranked third in the list with 77 murders. The rate of crime of Nagpur per lakh population is 3.9% compared to 0.8% and 1.5% of Mumbai and Pune respectively.
Total 121 incidents of attempt to murder were reported in the city wherein 133 persons fell prey to miscreants. On the contrary, 348 incidents of attempt to murders were reported in Mumbai and 115 incidents were registered with Pune Police.
Nagpur second in crime against women:
A total of 35,331 cases of crime against women were registered across India during 2020, showing a decrease of 21.1% over 2019 (44,783 cases). While Mumbai topped the list of crime against women in the State, Nagpur not only followed the suit but going one step ahead, proved most unsafe for women in terms of molestation incidents as far as public transport and shelter homes are concerned.
Mumbai reported a total 322 incidents of rape with 1.7% rate of crime per lakh population. With 97 incidents of rape, Nagpur was ranked second in Maharashtra touching 3.9% rate of crime per lakh population. Pune trailed the list with 77 rape incidents at 1.5% rate of crime.
In terms of outraging modesty of women, assaults on women and sexual harassment of women, Mumbai has topped the list with 1,507, 680 and 267 (11 incidents at workplace) respectively. Nagpur reported 219 incidents of outraging the modesty of women, 75 incidents of assault on women and 73 incidents of harassment (two being at workplace). Pune ticked 192 incidents of outraging the modesty, 76 incidents of assault and 53 incidents of sexual harassment.
Nagpur reported highest molestation incidents against women at public transport and shelter homes across the State. Total eight incidents of molestation at public transport and five incidents of molestation at shelter homes were reported in Nagpur. Pune followed it with two incidents of molestation of women at public transport. No incidents of molestation at shelter homes were reported in Pune. No cases of molestation at public transports reported in Mumbai, while two incidents of molestation at shelter homes were reported in the State capital.
In a solace of a kind, Nagpur reported 159 robbery cases while extortion/blackmailing cases reported in the city stand at 14. The cases in both the crimes are lowest in the State as compared to Mumbai and Pune. The Second Capital has another notorious distinction in burglaries. With 603 thefts, the city is second in the chart.
_ Shubham Nagdeve