The state topped the list of crimes related to sexual offences, crime against children and foreigners and custodial deaths in 2015, according to the latest statistics of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The statistics revealed that Maharashtra topped the list of cases reported under Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes relating to sexual offences during 2015. The crime rate, however, calculated on the basis of population, was found to be highest in Delhi in 2015. “We are taking firm action against offenders who have been brought to book,” said Satish Mathur, director general of police, Maharashtra.
A major concern is the number of custodial deaths, which Maharashtra tops despite orders from the Bombay high court. The state registered 14 deaths of people not remanded in police custody, followed by Uttar Pradesh (8), Gujarat (7) and Andhra Pradesh (5).
The state also topped the list of cases reported against children during 2015 (13,921) cases followed by Madhya Pradesh (12,859), Uttar Pradesh (11,420), Delhi Union territory (9,489) and West Bengal (4,963 cases). The previous year (2014), Madhya Pradesh (6,346 cases) topped the list followed by Maharashtra (5,175), Bihar (4,044) and Rajasthan (2,174).
Maharashtra also topped the state list of crimes against foreigners with 53 cases. Delhi topped the Union Territories list with 147 cases of crimes against foreigners. In 2014, 59 cases of crimes against foreigners were reported in Maharashtra.
D Sivanandan, former state director general of police, said, “Maharashtra, in my opinion is an open state where officers are available on mobile phones and accessible while people are more aware, active, educated and economically independent. It also depends on people’s willingness to register a complaint. For example, in some states, women refrain from registering cases owing to various factors such as social stigma.”