Praja Launched it’s Crime White paper on the status of crime & Policing

1511429968109159854985.jpgOne in every 14 person in Delhi over the age of 18 has face crime.

60℅ of Delhi citizen feel wonen,Children and Sr citizen not secure.

South District reported the highest registration of incidence of Molestation of women,590

Acute shortage in police sub-inspector is 26℅, police constable 10℅ for sanctioned Police

  • 1 in every 14 persons in Delhi over the age of 18 has faced crime
  • It is estimated that one in three persons who has faced crime has not reported it to police
  • Of the total 2,181 of rape case being registered, 44.80% are registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2016
  • 60% of citizens feel that women, children and senior citizens are not secure in their localities
  • South District reported the highest registration of incidence of Molestation of Women (590)
  • Acute shortage in police sub-inspector (26%) and police constable (10%) for sanctioned police
  • Only two issues were raised by Delhi Members of Parliament(MPs) on women related issues from monsoon 2016 to budget 2017 session

23rd November, Delhi: Praja launched its Crime Whitepaper on the Status of Crime and Policing in Delhi. As per the findings of the report, crime against women in Delhi has been consistently high. A total of 3,969 cases were registered against molestation of women in 2016. In 2016, out of the total number of cases registered under kidnapping 59.60% were case of women being kidnapped.

This data was procured by Praja Foundation under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. The white paper also included the data point on how safe do the citizens feel in their city. This data was collected through a survey commissioned by Praja to research organisation Hansa Research which included 24,301 households.

Speaking about these findings, Anjan Ghosh, Senior Vice President, Hansa Research, said, “Underpinning the data on crime against women and children is the percentage of people not feeling secure for women, children and senior citizens in their locality at 60% for 2016. To give you the data in a nutshell, it is estimated that of every one of three persons who have faced crime has not reported it to the authorities according to the household survey.”

Milind Mhaske, Project Director Praja Foundation stated that, “One can clearly draw an observation between the feeling of safety and security of women and children to the registration of cases as out of the total 2,181 of rape case being registered in 2016, 44.80% are registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2016.” Adding to this, Rahul Dev, senior journalist and Honorary Advisor to Speaker’s Research Initiative said, “There can be a direct impact when it comes to this particular issue by creating and sustaining an awareness campaign against sexual abuse of the children with all the stakeholders i.e. children, parents, schools and colleges.”

The consistent number of cases registered may seem to have a direct correlation the acute shortage of police personnel in Delhi Police. Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl. C.P.) (58% shortage), Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Addl. D. C.P.) (33% shortage), Assistant Commissioner of Police (A.C.P.) (24% shortage) and Police Sub – Inspector (P.S.I.) (26% shortage) record the highest shortfall as of March 2017.

“What is more concerning is that instead of accepting that there is a problem in the city administration and governance mechanism, only promises are being made. An example of this is that since the formation of the AAP government, State Security Commission has not been formed.” Anjali Srivastava, Assistant Manager at Praja Foundation, said.

Nitai Mehta, Founder and Managing Trustee Praja Foundation said, “The pertinent question at this hour is where does this go from now? There can be numerable more examples about the attempts being made by government, but are just attempts enough? At this hour, there is a need for exemplary conduct by the authorities, elected representatives and government to make these attempts tangible proofs of successful execution of policy.”

What Needs To Be Done

  • Create an awareness campaign against sexual abuse of the children with all the stakeholders i.e. children, parents, schools and colleges.
  • Implementation of Police Reforms suggested by the supreme courts both in letter and spirit such as:
  • Constitution of the State Security Commission
  • Strict compliance of regulations through Police Complaints Authority
  • Separation of Investigation and law & order.
  • Strengthen and where necessary create infrastructure for continuous training, forensic labs, crime mapping and crime forecasting.
  • Elected Representatives need to get more involved by questioning the government on law & order and security and at the local level to build confidence amongst citizens that the police is for their safety and security.
  • Improve image of police in the minds of common citizens by actively implementing confidence building activities between community based organisations and citizen groups such as RWAs (Resident Welfare Association) and police.

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