Expressing concern over the rising instances of violence against women, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said policing must improve as must the detection rate of such crimes in order to quash this trend.
Chavan, who released the state’s annual crime statistics at a function held at Maharashtra police headquarters, was particularly upset at the steep increase in the number of chain-snatching incidents reported across Maharashtra, which, he said, creates an atmosphere of insecurity.
“These incidents have gone up drastically in Maharashtra in recent times with the prices of gold, silver and precious stones rising,” he said, questioning why no particular mention has been made about the rise in chain-snatching incidents in the analysis.
“Miscreants have looted valuables, mostly jewellery, worth more than Rs30 crore in a brazen manner. This trend has to be arrested to ensure the safety of citizens,” home minister RR Patil said, seconding Chavan.
The chief minister’s assertion about the rise in instances of violence against women is based on the statistical crime analysis made by the police department.
With 1,839 cases of rape being registered in 2012, the state has witnessed 8.11% rise in the number of rapes compared to the corresponding period in 2011.
Similarly, sexual harassment cases went up by 20.82% in 2012 compared to 2011.
A total of 1,294 cases of sexua harassment (mostly eve-teasing) were reported across Maharashtra in 2012, with Mumbai accounting for the highest number of offences with 235 cases, followed by Pune (85).
For the second year in a row Mumbai, the largest and most populous city in the state retained the top spot for registering the highest number of molestation cases.
Of the 3,935 cases registered, Mumbai accounted for 614, followed by Thane (203) and Amravati (154).
Overall the state has witnessed a 3.72% rise in molestation cases compared to 2011.