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One out of every 4 crimes in India take place in Delhi: NCRB data

Capital accounts for 25 per cent of crimes in ‘mega cities’; records highest number of rapes, murders

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: August 31, 2016 10:38:29 am
People gather near India Gate after Eid celebrations on Thursday. Express Photo by Amit Mehra. 07.07.2016.  *** Local Caption *** People gather near India Gate after Eid celebrations on Thursday. Express Photo by Amit Mehra. 07.07.2016. In Delhi, a city with a population of 163.1 lakh, the crime rate was 1066. 2 (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

One out of every four crimes in India take place in Delhi, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Of the 53 ‘mega cities’ in India (with over one million population), the maximum number of crime cases — over 25 per cent of the total number — were registered in Delhi in 2015, according to NCRB data.

As many as 6,76,086 criminal cases were reported across the 53 ‘mega cities’ in 2015. Delhi, with 1,73,947 cases, accounted for 25.7 per cent of these crimes. In Delhi, a city with a population of 163.1 lakh, the crime rate was 1066. 2. It is only second to Kollam, Kerala, which has a crime rate of 1194.3.

In Mumbai, a city with a population of 184.1 lakh, the crime rate was 233.2. The commercial capital of India witnessed 42,940 cases of crime in 2015, comprising 6.4 per cent of the total number of crimes in ‘mega cities’.

Also read: NCRB data: 25 per cent of children raped were targeted at work by their employers and co-workers

Delhi witnessed far more cases than Mumbai in almost every kind of crime. While 464 murders took place in Delhi, 169 took place in Mumbai. The total number of thefts in Mumbai was 10,422, while the number of cases in Delhi — 96,924 — was much higher. Similarly, while 1,708 robbery cases were registered Mumbai in 2015, as many as 6,766 took place in Delhi.

Delhi topped the list in cases of kidnapping and abduction — with 6,630 cases — while the number was 1,583 in Mumbai. The number of rape cases in Mumbai was 712, while it was more than double in Delhi: 1,893. The number of riot cases, however, was higher in Mumbai: 396. Delhi witnessed 108 such cases in 2015.

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