While petty crimes, like theft and chain snatchings have been on a decline, 2018 saw a sharp rise in more serious crimes, including those that target women and children in Mumbai. Between January and November this year, 33,182 first information reports (FIRs) were registered by the Mumbai Police. Last year, during this same period, the total number of FIRs was 31,923 according to media reports.
This increase is not being perceived as a worrying trend according to officials who explain that crime rate cannot be zero in a city. There are many socio-economic factors that are responsible for crimes, especially body crimes, like murder, rape etc. They also pointed out that organised crime has subsided while the number of ‘crimes of passion’ has grown.
The number of crimes against women also rose in the city: till October this year, 4,087 cases of crimes against women were registered as compared to 3,726 cases for the same period last year.
Of the total 730 incidents of rape registered in 2018, minor girls were the victims/ survivors in 63.6% of the cases. Even minor boys are being abused. In comparison to 687 cases being registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2017, as many as 1,007 cases were registered this year. Until October, there were 464 cases of molestations in 2018, compared to only 287 reported cases in 207.
Prevention of crime remained the “main focus” of Mumai Police.
Mumbai: 2018 saw a sharp rise in more serious crimes