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‘Media adds to people’s insecurities’

india Updated: Jun 19, 2009 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

If you heard of one too many incidents of snatching, here’s proof that the number of such crime is actually rising. The city has registered a spurt in crimes like snatching and motor theft.

As per figures till May 31 this year, cases of snatching have gone up by 22.68 per cent, while motor theft has gone up by 10.77 per cent.

Extortion and cases of abduction have also registered a huge jump - 48.89 per cent and 80.45 per cent - compared to the corresponding period last year.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, while answering a query on the state of law and order in the city during the ongoing Assembly session, provided these figures.

“It is true that there is a feeling of insecurity among Delhiites, but the media has a role to play in this,” said Dikshit.

She pointed out that the crime rate has actually registered a decline of 3.6 per cent over last year’s figures in the same period.

“The media tends to overplay crime. If one murder takes place, it’s flashed on television all day,” said Dikshit.

Dikshit’s confidence might have been buoyed by the decline in the number of murders between January 1, 2009 and May 31, 2009 when 214 murders were reported, as against 229 in the corresponding period last year (decline of 6.55 per cent).

Similarly, cases of rape are down from 212 to 176, a dip of 16.98 per cent.

A senior police official, however, said the drastic increase in the number of kidnapping cases was mainly because of a court order that directed the police to register all cases of girls under 16 years going missing as abduction cases.

Answering another question over the government's attempt to take over Delhi Police, Dikshit said, “All I said was that in the age of specialisation - traffic, law & order and VIP security should be separate wings and personnel should not be transferred.”