Mumbai is becoming increasingly unsafe, especially for women, according to the findings of the survey carried out by not-for-profit Praja Foundation, released on Tuesday.
According to the white paper on crimes, the cases of rape recorded from April 2013 to March 2014 are 47% higher, compared with the corresponding period in 2012-13.
While the molestation cases have gone up by 52% compared with the earlier financial year, chain snatchings have recorded a 66% rise. According to the data, 432 cases of rape, 1,209 of molestation and 2,110 cases of chain snatching were registered between April 2013 and March 2014.
Most cases of rape (105) have occurred in south-central Mumbai, which covers Chembur, Sion-Koliwada and Mahim, while north Mumbai, spanning from Borivli, Dahisar to Malad (West), has seen maximum cases of chain snatching.
“In the 2013-14 survey period, chain-snatching cases have gone up by 66% and theft has risen by 19%. Such crimes affect people’s perception of the city. It creates a feeling that the city is not the safe and secure place it once was,” said Milind Mhaske, project director, Praja.
The NGO officials feel the rise in crimes against women could also be attributed to the increased awareness about reporting such incidents. “Awareness about the legal procedure to deal with crimes against women has improved after the December 16 gang rape in 2012 and the Shakti Mill gang rape in August 2013. It can also be attributed to the Mumbai police efforts,” Praja states in its white paper.