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Is Chandigarh safe for women?

Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 08, 2012
First Published: 12:28 IST(8/12/2012) | Last Updated: 12:31 IST(8/12/2012)

In 2012, the city witnessed a case of eve-teasing where Komal Sahini, a final year college student, was harassed, physically assaulted and was even hit with a blunt weapon in broad daylight. This was not the only incident. On an average, three incidents of eve-teasing are reported every month though the number is much higher.


Besides, the city women were also vulnerable to snatching and stalking. An incident of snatching was reported to the city police every fourth day with major target being women sitting in courtyards and walking in parks. At least five vehicles were stolen every other day.

However, efforts of UT senior superintendent of police Naunihal Singh to create awareness among girls to raise their voice against eve teasing paid off. This year, in all 210 girls in distress called up the police to inform about eve-teasing and misbehaviour by boys. Around 60 persons were arrested, following registration of 57 cases of eve-teasing and criminal intimidation. In 2011, 20 persons were booked for the offence. In 2012 and the previous year, the number of rape case remained the same, with the count going up to 30. In 2010, the number was 37.

Crime analysis
An analysis of the data reveals that the Chandigarh police was able to arrest the overall crime rate across the city in comparison to the previous year. The incidents of heinous crimes were less while the conviction rate went up to 69%, around 11% more than the previous year. The city witnessed a decrease in the incidents of snatching, robbery and even burglary.

The UT police in 2012 had registered 4,578 cases. Out of the total, 3,300 cases were solved. In 2011, there were 4,648 cases, out of which 2,789 were put in court.

Sensational cases
January12: Harminder Singh, an MBA student, who had come from Ireland, was killed outside the Aroma coffee shop in Sector 22, following an argument with youngsters at the joint.

July 26: Shootout at backside of Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump, Sector 22, had left Kailash Chand, owner of Raj Provision store, dead.
 
September 12: Raj Kumar, a labourer from Nepal, working in apple orchards in Shimla area, was found brutally murdered at ISBT, Sector 43. Robbery was said to be behind the incident.

October 15:  Private school teacher Monika Goyal, 36, was allegedly murdered by her in-laws at their house in Sector 21.

December 4: Firing in the Sector-22 market by more than 10 youths of two rival groups at the Sector 22-23 light point at night.

Unsolved murder cases till date
2008: The police have failed to make any headway in the murder of owner of Sham Fashion Mall, Amarjeet Singh, in May 2008 and the CBI has also given a closure report in the case.

2010: The police have failed to make headway in the rape and murder of Neha Ahlawat, a resident of Sector 38. Initially, a reward of Rs. 1 lakh was announced, which was later raised to Rs. 5 lakh, but it still remains unsolved.

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