As many as 168 rapes were registered in North Mumbai from April 2015 to March this year, up 354% from 2011-12, when 37 cases were reported. The data released by the NGO Praja Foundation, North Mumbai is most unsafe area for women.
In terms of risk to life due to crime South Central Mumbai has been marked as the most unsafe. This area witnessed 43 murders in 2015-16, but that is a fall of 4% from 2011-12, which saw 45 cases.
If compared to other areas of Mumbai, southern part of the city could be called safest where 17 murders were registered in 2015-16, which is a marked decrease from 40, registered in 2011-12.
The NGO’s overall data shows a massive rise in serious crimes like rape, which increased by 289% in the last five years. Molestation increased by 287% in the same period. While theft has gone up by 22% and house breaks have increased by 12%.
The NGO, as told to Times of India, claims that it compiled the data based on reported cases of rape. IT says that there are various reasons for the rise in rape’s numbers, including that because of awareness, more victims are coming forward to lodge police complaints. But crime is also going up in general, and this is reflected in the data.
The Mumbai police says that cases of rape and crime against children keep coming up with sickening regularity, particularly in Mumbai’s slums.
Mumbai, the financial capital of India, has the longstanding reputation for being safe for women. The data talks about people’s changed perception about Mumbai. In 2013 22% used to think that Mumbai is unsafe for women but now around 33% believe that Mumbai is not safe. Mumbai police which is facing shortage of personnel finds it tough to go after criminals and to bring them to justice.
A visible presence through patrolling and beat policing would help to reassure citizens and instill fear in the mind of the criminal, say experts.