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How Safe Are Indian States?

How Safe Are Indian States?

How Safe Are Indian States?
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Safety has become a key concern for citizens amid rising instances of criminal activity in the country. While the overall state of safety is not quite encouraging in India, some states are doing much worse than their neighbours.  

According to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2016, Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes committed under the various sections of the Indian penal Code (IPC). Following the national capital, was Kerala in this dubious list. A state-wise breakup shows that Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5 per cent of the total IPC crimes reported in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent). Of all special and local law (SLL) crimes, Kerala tops the list (24.1 per cent), followed by Gujarat and Tamil Nadu (both at 15.5 per cent). Incidentally, Delhi has also recorded the highest number of property-related crimes.  

 

The dubious distinction

Nature of crime

 

State 1

 

State 2

 

State 3

 

Offences affecting body

Uttar Pradesh

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

Maharashtra

 

Violent crimes

Uttar Pradesh

Bihar

Maharashtra

Offences against public tranquility

Bihar

Uttar Pradesh

Maharashtra

Crime against women

Uttar Pradesh

West Bengal

Delhi

Crime against children

 

Uttar Pradesh

Maharashtra

 

 

Madhya Pradesh

Juvenile cases

Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra

Delhi

Crime against SCs

Uttar Pradesh

Bihar

Rajasthan

Crime against STs

Madhya Pradesh

Rajasthan

Odisha

Crime against senior citizens

Maharashtra

Madhya Pradesh

Tamil Nadu

Economic Offences

 

Rajasthan

Uttar Pradesh

Maharashtra

Cyber crimes

 

Uttar Pradesh

Maharashtra

Karnataka

Offences against property

Delhi

Maharashtra

Uttar Pradesh

Offences against documents/property marks

Rajasthan

Bihar

Uttar Pradesh

Missing persons

Maharashtra

West Bengal Madhya Pradesh

Missing children

West Bengal

DelhiMadhya Pradesh

How are the Indian states dealing with crime

What have the authorities in states done to deal with the rising criminal activities?

Travel safety: A new section has been inserted in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Under Section 198 of the Act, authorities, contractors, consultants or concesionaires responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of roads are responsible in case of a mishap resulting in disability or death. The penalty in such a case is Rs 1 lakh.

The northeast frontier of the Indian railways has earmarked a pink coach to help women feel safe. Eight such trains are already operational.

In a bid to ensure women's safety, the Delhi government is also looking at free rides for women commuters in the Delhi Metro and the Delhi Transport Corporation-run buses.

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMPML) has come up with the Tejaswini scheme, under which it would launch 100 buses meant only for women.

 Surveillance: The Delhi government has directed the public works department (PWD) to buy 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras that would be installed in the national capital’s commercial and residential areas. Over 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras have already been installed in Delhi. The total cost of this project has been estimated at Rs 571 crores. Another Rs 400 crores will also be spent in installing cameras in government schools.

Call for help: By next year, India’s all-in-one emergency helpline number 112 will be launched. Those in distress can be assured of immediate help from the police, the fire department, the health department, etc.

Authorities in several states have also launched various mobile apps for improved safety.

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Last Updated: Tue Aug 06 2019

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