In the aftermath of the brutal Delhi gangrape and the sharp scrutiny on police action, there has been a marked rise in the number of cases registered in the city, pertaining to crimes against women.
Statistics obtained from the Mumbai police show that such cases being treated on priority, as the number of First Information Reports (FIR) registered has nearly doubled from December 17 to December 23, as compared to previous weeks.
After the December 16 incident in Delhi, city police commissioner Satyapal Singh had issued a directive to police stations across Mumbai, asking them to treat all such cases on priority basis.
Earlier, many such crimes would either go unreported, or cops would file a noncognisable offence (in which no FIRs are registered).
For instance, between December 3 and December 9, while the Mumbai police had registered a total of 15 cases under IPC Section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman by assault or criminal force), the cases have nearly doubled, reaching 29, between December 17 to December 23).
Also, cases registered under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), have risen to 19 (from December 17-23), as compared to 9 (from December 3-9).
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) who is currently holding the additional charge of JCP (law and order) confirmed that there had been instructions to police stations to ensure that such cases are promptly registered under valid sections.
“The main reason behind the increase in the FIR’s registered in cases of crime against women, especially after the Delhi incident, is that women have become more aware about the legal recourse available to them,” Roy said.
He added: “We have also told our officers at various police stations to take proper cognisance of such offences.”