NEW DELHI: Cases of rapes in Delhi saw a rise of 3% in 2019 while over registration of crimes in the capital witnessed a rise of around 20% in 2019 compared to 2018, a data released by National Crime Records Bureau shows.
In 2019, 299475 crime incidents were registered against 2,49,012 incidents in the previous year. However, overall heinous crimes saw a decline in registration.
Robberies, for example, dipped with 1,956 cases last year against 2,444 cases reported in 2018. This is a fall of around 20% but can be categorised as highest when compared nationally. In Delhi, the robbery rate -- number of crimes per 100,000 population -- in 2019 was 9.8 against the all-India rate of 2.3.
Last year, 1,253 cases of rapes were registered compared to 1215 cases in 2018, a rise of 3%. However, molestations came down in 2019 with 2,355 registered cases against 2,705 in 2018.
In 2019, five cases of murders with rape were reported in Delhi against three in 2018, the NCRB data shows. 456 cases of sexual harassment were reported in 2019 against 552 in 2018.
The NCRB data also shows that registration of “crimes agar the state” witnessed a rise of 136% in 2019 compared to previous year. In 2018, 11 cases under this head were registered in Delhi whereas the figure jumped to 26 in 2019. Similarly, cases of corruption by public servants, which are registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act show a three-fold rise in 2019.
In 2018, six cases were registered under this Act where as 18 cases were registered in 2019, a rise of 200%. The incidents of
dipped slightly with 46,215 cases reported in 2019 compared to 46,433 cases in 2018. However, the rate of this crime per lakh population was recorded at 231.8 in 2019 against 17.8 nationally. The murders saw a marginal rise with 521 cases being reported in 2019 against 513 in 2018.
The data suggests that a big chunk of the overall registered crimes were those of thefts — 2,45,985 cases in 2019 against 1,95688 in 2018. The figures suggest that thefts constituted over 80% of the registered crimes. In 2018, a little over half the crimes pertained to thefts. The theft rate in Delhi was around 1,233 while the rate recorded nationally was merely around 50. Economic offences and cybercrimes showed a decline in 2019, NCRB data suggests.
Crimes pertaining to economic offences saw a slight reduction of around 0.5% from 4,918 in 2018 to 4,889 in 2019. The maximum number of cases reported were of forgery and cheating, 4533 cases were reported last year.
Also, registered cases of cybercrime saw a decline of around 35% from 189 in 2018 to 115 in 2019. In maximum number of cases, the motive of criminals was to dupe people, extort money and even revenge was seen as a reason. A total of 17 cases of online stalking of women were reported last year. Human and child trafficking cases reported a slight decline in 2019 with registration of 93 cases against 98 in 2018.
In the 93 reported cases, 536 of the victims were below 18. In many of the cases, the victims were in groups. In 2019, Delhi reported one custodial death and the person was not on remand. The NCRB, which functions under the
Union home ministry
, is tasked with collecting and analysing crime data as defined by the
Indian Penal Code
and special and local laws in the country.