Delhi Police Commissioner Says Crimes Against Women Have Decreased by 30% in the Last Nine Months

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The National Crime Records Bureau of India (NCRB) had registered a statistical analysis of crimes against women in Delhi in 2019. This analysis showed a 24 percent decrease in crimes against women.  Accordingly, the Delhi Police Commissioner, SN Shrivastava declared that crimes against women have further gone down by 30 percent in the past nine months.

SN Shrivastava tweeted about the importance of women’s safety. Delhi Police further tweeted that women’s safety is the top priority for the force. Hence, they take stringent measures to enforce protection. Crimes against women include rape, dowry and domestic violence. In 2017 the number of such cases was 13,076. However, there is also the need to undertake research programmes to understand the cause behind the subsequent decline and increase in crimes against women.

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In 2019, Annie Raja, the General Secretary of National Federation of Indian Women spoke to the New Indian Express. She was quoted saying “In 2017, we witnessed horrible crimes against women. Even without spending a penny or without earmarking more budgetary allocation, how has the crime rate gone down?” Moreover, she went on to say, “We want to analyse the NCRB data that shows the decline. Even after the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, they (the government) assured many steps but there were no sincere efforts on part of the state government or the central government, which is responsible for the law and order situation in the capital.”

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SN Shrivastava in his recent tweet mentioned some of the reasons behind the decrease in such crimes. The women safety Himmat Plus and the deadline of 60 days to file a charge sheet were among many other measures that aided them. Consequently, his tweet read “Women safety is top priority. Crime against women is a threat to society. In the past nine months, it has come down by approximately 30 percent in Delhi. Police deployment women PCR vans, women safety Himmat Plus, 60 days deadline for filling chargesheet have worked.”

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