Delhi as safe as any other city in India: PC

Dismissing reports of increase in incidents of crime in the National Capital, Home Minister P Chidamabarm on Tuesday said data showed a decline between 2001 and 2010.

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 14:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Dismissing reports of increase in
incidents of crime in the National Capital, Home Minister P
Chidamabarm on Tuesday said data showed a decline between 2001 and
2010.
"Crime in Delhi has remained well under control... The
crime rate per lakh of population, a yardstick generally
followed world-wide to compare crime, showed a decline in
Delhi from 392.66 in 2001 to 281.34 in 2010," he said in the
Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

From these statistics, it cannot be concluded that crimes
are increasing. But, in a big city like Delhi certain crimes
are inevitable.

"Delhi is as safe as any other city in India," he said
adding, "...we shall make endeavor to make it (Delhi) it more
safe."

According to statistics provided by the government, the
incidents of rape have showed a steady rise from 425 in 2009
to 458 in 2010 and in the month of January this year as many
as 17 cases have been reported.
The government has implemented a number of schemes like
`eyes and ears` and `toll-free` number for early reporting of
crime, he said, asserting, "We coordinate with neighbouring
states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan to
control the menace."

New initiatives are being taken to recruit more police
personnel, increase number of vehicles provided to the police
force and setting up more police stations among others, the
Minister said.

The written reply by Minister of State for Home Affairs M
Ramachandran said the Delhi police has taken various measures
to check crime including steps taken to provide security to
women and children.

PTI