Jaipur: Compared to the last year i.e. 2015’s crime census the kidnapping and rape cases have increased this year in city posing a serious challenge to the police officials.;Senior police officers attributed the rise in these crimes to the gradual expansion of the city and increasing migration for various jobs.
While thefts at 4,925 constitute the single largest category of crimes till September 1, it has seen a reduction in numbers compared to the same period last year.Likewise, the department can also take heart in the fact that murder, attempt to murder and vehicle lifting cases have fallen (see chart) for the same period.
While the accused was known in most number of rape cases, the Jaipur police commissionerate maintained that it was a challenging task to investigate them and ensure conviction for culprits. Money disputes relating to land transactions are responsible for increasing kidnapping cases in the city, so far, this year.
However, there has been a significant dip in murder, loot and burglary cases.
As per the latest crime figures, collated from east, west, north and south police districts, rape and kidnapping cases registered at various police stations have risen compared to 2015.
According to senior officers, this is because of the expansion of the city and also due to complainants seeking `retribution' or filing charges to `teach' the accused a `lesson'. "In 2015, the total number of rape cases registered was 279, with 184 till September 1of the same year. However, till September 1, 2016, this figure has gone up to 221. We have noted that many women register such cases as a vindictive or revengeful act. In many of these cases, complaints have been withdrawn in the court. There are rapes in which an acquaintance is involved or turns out to be incest. However, rapes where the culprit is unknown are very few. Cases of girls or women being kidnapped and raped are serious. But the percentage of such crimes is very less," said Prafful Kumar, additional commissioner of police, Jaipur I, speaking to TOI on Wednesday .
"In many instances, women fighting dowry harassment cases against the husband have lodged cases of rape against brothersor fathers-in-law which later prove to be fake in the court," Kumar added.
After the 2011 Nirbhaya case, awareness has also increased and women do not hesitate to lodge eve-teasing, outraging modesty or rape cases against culprits.
Kidnapping cases are also proving to be a major headache for Jaipur cops. "The total number of kidnapping cases registered in 2015 was 630, with 424 reported till September 1. This year, we have registered 438 cases up to September 1. In such cases, we can only rescue the kidnapped person and arrest the kidnapper.Most of these cases were solved in Jaipur, and many resulted from financial disputes," he said.