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Delhi earns dubious tag of ‘murder capital’

delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2010 09:29 IST
Vijaita Singh

Apart from being the national capital, Delhi earned the tag of being “murder capital” this year, with the maximum number of such cases reported in the city in the past six years.

In 2010, 554 incidents of murder took place — the highest in six years. More than 90 people became victims of “crimes of passion” alone. Figures available with the Delhi police reveal that 94 people, a majority of them women, were killed in “passion-related crimes” this year, as against 60 last year.

On Saturday, the Delhi Police arrested a 28-year-old man from Vikaspuri in west Delhi for allegedly sedating and then killing a 16-year-old when she resisted his sexual advances.

In Rohini last week, a 22-year-old man stalked and shot at a 20-year-old aerobics teacher in the spine, paralysing her for life. The woman had refused to get married to him.

On December 8, Delhi Police had arrested a 42-year-old woman from the Welcome area in northeast Delhi for plotting the murder of her husband in connivance with her son-in-law.

Women still unsafe: If figures are anything to go by, despite claims made by the police, women continue to be unsafe in the city. There was an increase in incidents of rape and molestation as compared to last year.

Street crime rises: Incidents like snatchings and robbery — clear signs of lawlessness — also saw an increase this year. Compared to last year, 119 more incidents of snatchings were reported and there was an increase in incidents of robbery, too.

Vehicle thefts up: The most significant increase was in incidents of motor vehicle theft. Against 11,892 cases of vehicle thefts last year, 14,150 were reported this year. Thefts of SUVs and high-end cars also saw an increase.