Shameful how, the place I once called “home”, has become one of the top crime cities of the world. I grew up in Delhi, where my own mother has been a victim of chain snatching twice, my brother has been a victim of mugging and a lot of my female friends have been harassed/touched in public. This is not my home.
Delhi Police released annual crime statistics for 2020 and they will give anyone chills in the spine.
A Little Low During Peak Pandemic
Since most people stayed indoors for several months during the pandemic’s peak time, crime went down a little bit. Sounded like a relief to the police, but it is Delhi after all; burglary, robbery, theft went down 30% but came back up soon enough.
In the first half of 2020, about 995 cases of robbery were registered, whereas 1,278 cases were registered in the first half of 2019. A lot of rape and murder cases also went down in the first half of 2020 since police pickets were spread all around big cities to check COVID protocols.
But like I said, it is Delhi after all, and crime doesn’t stay low forever.
The Statistics Of 2020
Very sadly, here are the numbers:
Every 4 mins a theft takes place, every 15 minutes a car is stolen, every 1 hour and 6 mins, a snatching occurs. These are the low level crimes that take place in the capital, but look at the frequency of occurrence.
Speaking of bigger crimes:
Every 4 hours, a woman is molested; every 4 hours 30 mins, someone is robbed; EVERY 5 HOURS, 10 MINS, A WOMAN IS RAPED; every 13 hours, 4 mins, an illegal firearm is used; EVERY 18 HOURS, 37 MINS, SOMEONE IS MURDERED.
This is the capital of the great nation of India – home to the President’s estate, PMO, Military Headquarters, the Parliament and so many more big establishments. This place is also home to almost 2 crore people who’ve settled there from all parts of the world.
In the latter half of 2020, the crime rate went up by 20%, almost neutralizing the amount by which it went down in the first half. If someone says Delhi isn’t safe for women going out alone after dark, they’re not being narrow-minded – they’re just telling you the truth.
The Problem And Possible Solutions
Before we talk of any solutions, the biggest problem is that a lot of initiatives are announced and inaugurated, but are they really worth spending so much money on?
The CCTV cameras installed in public places need better monitoring. The program to install CCTV cameras in residential areas also needs proper regulation, otherwise, they’re as good as dummy cameras.
The problem doesn’t lie in the crime only. It also lies in the fact that politicians in Delhi attack each other more on who is to be blamed for the rising rate of crime, instead of actually working towards the solution.
Let us not lose hope in Delhi Police. We do not know what they go through and how much administrative pressure they are under, keeping in mind the numerous miscreants Delhi is home to.
But we do need stricter rules and patrolling to protect the people of this country and no matter what any politician says, the cooperation between center and state in Delhi seems to have gone pretty soft.
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