Hyderabad: The year Covid-19 struck and when the country first went into a major lockdown, 2020, has been recorded as a mixed bag for the city when it comes to crime, if the ‘Crime in India 2020’ report brought out by the National Crime Records Bureau is anything to go by.
Overall, there was a dip in violent crime in Hyderabad, from 1,431 incidents in 2019 to 1,045 in 2020, while crime against women (both under Indian Penal Code and Special & Local Law categories) too fell from 2,755 incidents in 2019 to 2,390 in 2020. Crime against children too dipped from 506 in 2019 to 467 in 2020. Crimes committed by juveniles saw a sharp reduction from 350 in 2019 to 172 in 2020.
On the other hand, with 2,040 incidents of forgery, cheating and fraud (Section 420 r/w Sec 465,468‐ 471 IPC/IT Act), Hyderabad was the top among the 19 cities considered by the NCRB with Delhi second with 1,455 incidents.
The city, which had 181 cases of credit/debit card frauds, was the third highest on that count behind Mumbai (319 cases, 321 victims) and Delhi (206 cases/victims). When it came to offences related to adulteration or sale of food or drugs, Hyderabad had the highest with 272 cases, with Mumbai coming a distant second with 64 cases.
As for rash driving on public ways, the city was in the top 10 with 1,793 incidents, while there 1,441 incidents of causing hurt by rash or negligent driving on public ways. There were also 138 cases of grievous hurt caused by such driving.
Hyderabad also had the highest offences related to Mischief (IPC Section 428 to 433) at 132, while Bengaluru came second with 88 and Mumbai 38. These could include cases of killing or maiming of animals, cattle or wrongful diversion of water or obstruct drainage etc.
As for cases of Cruelty by Husband or his Relatives (Sec 498‐A IPC), there were 1,226 in Hyderabad, second only behind Delhi which had 2,536 cases. Hyderabad was also second behind Delhi in registering cases under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act with 26 cases (Delhi – 36). It had the highest number of cases under the Essential Commodities Act with 139, followed by Pune (70), Mumbai (46) and Delhi (40).
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