Nagpur: According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) latest report, Nagpur and Patna have the highest murder rate in the country per one lakh population, (3.9) followed by Jaipur (3.1) and Delhi (2.8).
The data also reveals that the city has the highest rape rate in Maharashtra (6.5 per one lakh population), with Mumbai (3.8) and Pune (2.5).
Nagpur also bagged the first position in crimes against women (75.3) in the state, followed by Mumbai (53.8) and Pune (44.1).
In cases related to the protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) act, 2015, Nagpur has shockingly the third highest crime rate in the country (16.0) after Indore and Lucknow—(17.8) and (16.8) respectively.
Activists claim that the city might not be as safe as people expect it to be but is definitely better than the places like Delhi where the crime rate against women is comparatively higher.
Police commissioner Amitesh Kumar told The Free Media that the cases are higher because several villages from Nagpur district too have been inducted into the survey.
Speaking about rise in rape cases in the city, he said “there definitely has been a rise in the rape cases but these cases are mainly being reported from families itself or sometimes from people who were promised of marriage.
But the Damini section has been working extremely vigorously day and night to make women of Nagpur feel safe.”
Shraddha, a resident of Rajiv Nagar said that she doesn’t feel extremely safe here as compared to Pune city.
“People whistle when you pass by from somewhere and always keep on staring whenever we move out of our houses.”
Neha, another resident of Trimurti Nagar said that “being a student of BA LLB I have to move around the city and come back home at odd hours.
However, I have never felt unsafe anywhere and the police have always made me safe.”