Crime cases drop by 20% in 2017 from 2016

Crime cases drop by 20% in 2017 from 2016
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Crimes against women increase

Junaid Rather

SRINAGAR: There was a 20 percent drop in crimes registered with the police last year as compared to the previous year, though there was a 10 percent increase in cases of molestation of women and abduction. The number of rape cases and of cruelty by husband also increased slightly in this period.
The highest number of crime cases was registered in Jammu city, followed by Srinagar, in the year 2017. The number of cases registered in Jammu was 3,642, while in Srinagar it was 2,400.
In the year 2016, the total number of cases registered by the police crime branch in J&K was 26,548, but in 2017 it came down to 21,254.
The annual report of the crime branch says that the number of molestation cases in 2017 was 1,361, higher than the 1,233 molestation cases registered in 2016.
As per the documents, there were 11,786 cases of crime against women in 2016, which included rape cases, gang rape, kidnapping, molestation, eve-teasing, dowry deaths, cruelty by husband, and others. The 275 rape cases registered in 2016 rose to 300 in 2017. The 342 cases of cruelty by husband registered in 2016 rose slightly to 353 cases in 2017.
The 805 abduction cases registered in 2016 increased to 913 in 2017.
Apart from these, 1,225 burglary cases were registered in 2016 and 1,249 in 2017.
In 2016, total number of road accident cases was 5,500 and in 2017 they decreased slightly to 5,167.
A senior police official said there were many factors responsible for the higher rate of crime in Jammu and Srinagar cities. “Both the capital cities are where people from nearby districts prefer to work,” the officer said, adding that the higher number of migrant workers is the main reason for the higher crime rate.