While the eastern suburbs have seen the most number of rapes in 2012, the west region, from Bandra to Andheri, is not much better –at 191 cases, the maximum number of molestations across the city was recorded in this region.
The statistics compiled by the Mumbai police by collating information from across all 93 police stations divided across five jurisdictional regions, shows that there has been a substantial drop in the number of rape cases in successive years in the west region and south region (Colaba-Cuffe Parade to JJ Marg).
The east region (Kurla to Mulund) once the hunting ground for the underworld, has topped the list for the years 2011 and 2012 when it comes to rape cases against women and minors.
But it recorded 135 molestation cases in 2012, lesser than the west’s 191. In all, in 2012, 269 cases were registered in the east region.
Dr PS Pasricha, former Mumbai police commissioner, said the profile and social set-up of a region has an important bearing on the type of crimes reported in the area.
“Traditionally, crimes such as molestation occur at places that have hangouts for the youth, like pubs, discos, promenades, etc. The west region fits this profile,” he said.
“Areas with a heterogeneous population, coupled with economic deprivation, see the worst of crimes such as rapes and gang-rapes,” he added.
YP Singh, IPS officer-turned-lawyer, agrees. “The west region area has a high concentration of strugglers who land up to make a fortune in the glamour industry. High-society flesh trade is synonymous to this region. The high number of molestation cases could be a corollary to that,” Singh said.
According to Singh, the trend of more rapes in the east region could be attributed to its demographic profile. “This region is thickly populated and majority of the population lives in slums. Rape is a social problem, more typical to slums,” he said.
The 22 police stations in the west region registered 53 rape cases as against the 70 in the east region.
Rape cases showed a marginal decline compared to 2011, when 56 cases were reported in the west region.
In 2012, the 17 police stations in the south region registered 129 cases of crime against women, including 25 rape cases (16 minors) and 60 cases of molestation.
The region has witnessed a drop in the number of rape cases compared to 2011, when 32 cases were reported.
The north region, from Jogeshwari to Dahisar, which is spread across 15 police stations, came second after the east region in the number of rape cases reported (55), but it came after the west and east regions in molestations, which stood at 115.
The central region, from Byculla to Mahim and Sion, consisting of 20 police stations, recorded 28 rape cases and 107 molestations in 2012.