Madhya Pradesh’s reputation as the crime capital of the country and Indore’s as the crime capital of the state has once again been established by the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Madhya Pradesh has again emerged as having the highest incidents of crime in the country according to the NCRB figures for 2012 released on Wednesday. In all, 2,20,335
cases of cognisable crimes under Indian Penal Code (IPC) were registered in the state in 2012, compared to 2,17,094 cases in 2011, a rise of 1.4%.
The state has recorded a crime rate (crime compared to population) of 298.8 in 2012, compared to 196.7 of the country. The rate is second highest in the country after Kerala, which has recorded a crime rate of 455.8.
As for the major cities in the state, the NCRB figures shows that not only does Indore retains its position as the city crimes had been registered in Indore, the number for 2012 has gone up to 16,526.
Interestingly, two other mega cities ( population of over 10 lakh) of the state - Bhopal, and Gwalior have actually shown a decrease in crime incidents in 2012 compared to 2011, though Jabalpur also registered a rise.
Bhopal’s figures went down from 12,570 to 11,732 - a drop of 7.1% whereas instances of crime in Gwalior went down from 7,816 to 7,561 - a drop of 3.37%. Jabalpur’s crime incidents went up from 6,560 to 7,212 - rise of 9.9%.
Indore’s notoriety is also highlighted by the fact that even in cases of crime against women and children, the city has recorded the highest incidents in the state.
In all, 922 cases of crime against women and 270 cases of crime against children were recorded in the city in 2012, well above the figures of other mega cities in state. Bhopal follows Indore in cases of crime against women (641) and Gwalior is second in crime against children (201).
Deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Indore Rakesh Gupta, while reacting to the figures said since Indore is the most populous and urbanised city in the state, it is natural to have greater instances of crime. Also, the fact that it is a commercial hub makes a difference as cases of financial crime go up.
He, however, said Indore police are doing their best to bring down the numbers and the results are visible this year. “Compared to the first five months of 2012, this year the incidents have come down considerably,” the DIG said.