Conviction rate in Pune dips by over 15 per cent

The IPC cases witnessed a slide of 13.45 per cent while SLL cases witnessed 15.41 per cent decline in conviction in 2017 as compared to 2016, according to the crime data released by the city police on Friday.

pune Updated: Jan 14, 2018 17:02 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Conviction rate,crime
(From left) Additional commissioner of police Sahebrao Patil; additional commissioner of police Ravindra Sengaonkar; commissioner of police Rashmi Shukla; joint commissioner of police (law & order) Ravindra Kadam and additional commissioner of police Pradip Deshpande at the annual press meet. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

The conviction rate in the city dropped by multiple points in cases under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as special and local laws (SLL).

The IPC cases witnessed a slide of 13.45 per cent while SLL cases witnessed 15.41 per cent decline in conviction in 2017 as compared to 2016, according to the crime data released by the city police on Friday.

In 2017, 3,837 criminal cases, registered with an IPC as primary charge from Pune reached conclusion. Of the 3,837 cases, 1,142 cases saw conviction while people booked in 2,695 were acquitted in 2017.

In 2016, 3,465 IPC cases reached conclusion, out of the 3,465, people accused in 1,258 were convicted while the accused in 2,207 had walked away from the changes.

For SLL cases like Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO), Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, etc., 1,589 reached conclusion in 2017. Of the 1,589 cases, people accused in 157 cases were convicted for the crime while accused people in 1,424 cases walked free of the charges registered against them.

In 2016, 571, which is a third of the number of cases in 2017, had reached conclusion. Of the 571 cases, 140 cases had reached conviction while people accused in 431 cases were acquitted of charges in 2016. Although the number of cases which reached conclusion in 2016 were much less than 2017, the per cent of conviction was much higher in 2016 than 2017.

When asked about the sliding per cent of conviction, Rashmi Shukla, commissioner of Pune police said,“We are trying to improve the conviction rate.” She did not make any comments about the kind of cases which led to acquittals.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 17:01 IST