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Rise in crimes against women in Odisha’s Twin City

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 23:

Twin city (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) recorded highest number of crime cases last year in comparison to the last three years but Commissionerate Police claims that they have detected over 95 per cent of cases related to crimes against women, a much improved effort by the personnel at crime detection.

Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma
Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma

Briefing media persons after the annual crime review meeting at the Commissionerate police headquarter office here today, Commissioner of Police Dr R P Sharma said the twin city recorded 440 cases of crimes against women (Rape, Kidnapping, 498-A, Eve-teasing, Molestation etc) in 2014 against 320 last year- an increase of 36.36 percent.

Dr Sharma said despite counselling and a video documentary on safeguarding women in the state, there has been a record of 70 percent rise with 138 rapes being reported in 2014 against 81 in 2013. Minors are the worst affected, he added.

In Bhubaneswar Urban Police District (UPD), there were 72 rape cases reported in 2014 against 51 in 2013, 56 in 2012 and 35 in 2011. Whereas in Cuttack UPD, there were 66 rape cases in 2014 against 30 in 2013, 28 in 2012 and 19 in 2011.

The commissioner said minors, who elope with men and leave their homes are affected the most in rape cases.

However, the Commissioner said there had been a significant improvement in the detection rate which stood at 98 percent last year.

Police statistics also show that the number of 498-A, molestation and eve-teasing cases has increased as well. Twin city recorded 143 498-A cases, 159 (molestation and eve-teasing) cases in 2014 as against 88 and 151 cases in 2013.

As for kidnappings, 295 cases were registered in 2014 against 206 cases in 2013.

The Commissioner said Twin City police is not relenting and is constantly upgrading its methods and techniques to reduce crimes against women and provide a safer environment for them.

In murder cases in twin city, there was slight decrease in its number but detection rate also fell in comparison to the previous year. 78 cases of murder were reported in 2014 and the detection rate was 93.5 per cent. 83 cases were reported in 2013 and the detection rate that year was 98.55.

The major challenges for Commissionerate Police now are the shortage of manpower given rapid urbanization and fast growing population, anonymity, need for greater public sensitization about security and safety measures and greater use of technology in crime control and detection.

“We require a total  of 119 police officers (6 Inspectors, 103 sub-inspectors and 10 Assistant Sub-inspectors) to handle crime cases in twin city. A proposal has been sent to the Odisha Government to increase manpower,” the Commissioner said.

A total of 9229 (Cognizable and excise) cases has been registered in twin city Commissionerate in 2014 as against 9109 cases in 2013, 8147 cases in 2012 and 6765 cases in 2011, the CP said.