Trafficking cases up, rise in robberies and kidnapping in state: CID report

The annual report on the crime trends in Maharashtra for 2011 prepared by State Crime Records Bureau of the Criminal Investigation Department has shown that a rise of 27 per cent was recorded in the cases under Immoral Trafficking Act, along with rise in cases of robberies and kidnapping.

The report was released on Friday by home minister R R Patil at the valedictory function of the annual police duty meet.

It shows that though the number of crimes against women has dropped down by 1.45 per cent, number offences registered under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act has gone up from 306 in 2010 to 390 in 2011. The number was 270 in 2009. It can be recalled that the city has recorded a number of high profile cases under PITA recently.

"The rising number in this case suggests that more cases are being reported, which is the first step towards bringing down the rate," an officer with CID said.

On a positive note, the number of cases of abetment of suicides by women and the number of dowry deaths has both gone down by 13.7 per cent and 16 per cent, which has resulted into the overall drop in the number of crimes against woman.

The number of cases of robberies has gone up by 14 per cent while the number of kidnapping has registered a rise of 10 per cent.

The state police have started registering the cases of chain snatching under robbery in the last two years.

The conviction rate for 2011 was at meagre 8.2 per cent, slightly lower than that in 2010 of 9 per cent.

The report says, "Situation is really disappointing. The cooperation from other departments is required for improvement in the situation."

The state has registered a rise of five per cent in the number violent crimes which included murder, attempt to murder, culpable homicide, rape, arson, riots, dacoity and robbery. These crimes constitutes 11.5 per cent of the total crimes under Indian Penal Code in the state.

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