CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday mooted an “Index of Safety Perception” to assess people’s sentiment about crime scenario. Fadnavis spoke about the new concept while replying to a discussion on law and order during which the Opposition claimed that Maharashtra in general and Nagpur in particular had registered a rise in crimes. The CM rebutted all Opposition allegations to claim that the state had actually witnessed a drop in crime.
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“I think it is important to gauge people’s perception about their safety and hence we should have something like index of safety perception to measure it,” Fadnavis said responding to Congress member Narayan Rane’s appeal that instead of dishing out statistics, the government should hit criminals hard.
“In fact, the state witnessed a drop of 4.92 pc in serious crimes including those against women. The drop in cognizable offences is 9 pc, bodily harm 20 pc, murder and attempt to murder 26 pc, crime against women 15 pc, crime against children 10 pc and crime against SC/ST 16 pc,” the CM claimed. He added, “The crime rate is decided by number of crimes per 1 lakh population. The state ranks much below Kerala, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Telangana, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.”
The CM claimed that conviction rate had gone up from 9 pc in 2014 to 33.4 pc in 2016. “It has been mainly because of increase in forensic facilities,” the CM said.
On crime against women, the CM said, “The number dropped by 103. I agree even one crime against women is not justifiable but we have taken steps to reduce them. It is to be noted that over 97 pc of the offences against women are committed by persons who know them. Now these are being vigilantly registered. In many cities, police have filed chargesheets in molestation cases within 24 hours.”
He pointed out that crime against women are being tried in 27 fast-track courts while the pending ones are going on in 22 such courts.
On the Opposition allegation of a rise in cybercrime, Fadnavis said, “It’s true. But we should also understand that digitization has also gone up. So criminals will try to do more such crimes. But Maharashtra is the only state to have a cyber lab in each district. So far we had to depend on Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) of the centre for investigation but now we are planning to have our own CERT to speed it up.”
The CM also pointed out that all police stations in the state had been connected through a computer network and any criminal can be traced from the common database. “Soon we will extend the Pune pilot project of e-complaints to the entire state,” he said.
About the charge that attacks on policemen by ruling party men have gone up, Fadnavis said, “I have a list of attacks on police even by NCP and Congress. Let’s not bring party politics into it. Such attacks must be prevented and for that we propose to increase the punishment under section 353 and 332 of the IPC from 2 and 3 years, respectively, to 5 years in both cases.”
The CM also said that the government had planned 99,971 houses for policemen and had already drawn a blueprint for 48,029 of them.
He agreed that the state prisons were overcrowded and said there are proposals to build new prisons. On the alleged rise in kidnapping, Fadnavis said, “As per the new rule, all missing cases have to be registered as kidnapping unless proved otherwise. That’s why it has shown an increase.”