All crimes against women in Jaipur between January and April declined by 8% compared to the same period last year but cases of rape jumped by a third, police statistics say.
Comparative figures show 675 cases of crimes against women – dowry death, suicide, dowry harassment, rape, sexual harassment and kidnapping – were registered in 2016 till April, down from 737 last year.
“We are focusing on proactive policing, more on preventive actions, strengthening of beat policing and time bound action, especially cases related to women,” additional commissioner of police Prafulla Kumar told Hindustan Times.
But cases of rape rose to 96 in January-April 2016, up from 73 in the same period last year and 68 in 2014.
The findings are from a report on three years’ data prepared by the Jaipur Police Commissionerate for department review.
Police found 30 of the 96 rape cases were connected to property or marital disputes, some even registered complaint to counter complainant.
Another 31 cases were linked to live-in relationships or rapes on the pretext of job or marriage. Five were by parents or relatives after the woman eloped. In 29 cases, the accused was known to the victim for roughly three months, and in one case the accused was unknown.
Besides rape and burglary cases, there is a decline in unlawful and crime rate in Jaipur by 11%.
The number of murder cases came down from 35 in 2015 to 33 this year. Incidents of attempt to murder reduced by 29%, loot by 18%, abduction by 12%, riot by 65%, vehicle theft by 0.40% and other cases by 16% during the same period.
There was also a sharp decline in cases related to atrocities against Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe—from 147 in 2015 to 99 in 2016.
The comparative figures reveal action under local and special acts rose by 50%.
In 2015, action was taken in 1,668 cases of excise, gambling, arms, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, explosive, essential commodities, and other acts, whereas, in 2016 action taken was in 2,509 cases.