The Capital has one more feather in its cap of dubious distinctions. Not only have incidents of kidnapping and abduction soared by 27%, Delhi leads 35 cities as far as such incidents are concerned.
"Kidnapping and abduction are on a five-year high. While 1,360 such cases were reported in 2006, the figure rose to 1,605 in 2007. The figure stood at 2,408 in 2009. The highest number of such cases, 3074, was reported last year," said a senior Delhi Police officer.According to the National Crime Records Bureau's (NCRB) report for 2009, Delhi reported more kidnapping-cum-abduction incidents than Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Mahrashtra and several others.
"When it comes to a city-wise comparison, Delhi accounts for 16.8% of 5,374 such cases that were reported across 35 cities in 2009," the officer said.
Instances upon instances of such cases abound. On May 5, 2010, a minor identified as
Rakhi was abducted for ransom from her residence in outer Delhi's Narela. Though her kidnapper was arrested within two days, Rakhi was murdered the day she went missing.
"In a similar case, 12-year-old Kritik Surekha was kidnapped by three persons in a car who later called his businessman father and demanded a ransom of R2 crore. Luckily in this case, we were able to recover the child and the ransom, as well as arrest the accused," the officer said.
When contacted, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, “The increase in the figure is due to registration of cases in more instances after the directions issued by the Delhi high court in October 2009. A close analysis reveals that in a majority of such cases, children aged between 12 and 18 either elope or leave and return their homes of their own accord."