NGO raises questions over safety of citizens in Mumbai

Raising questions over the safety of citizens in the metropolis, a city-based NGO on Wednesday said the financial capital has witnessed one murder and one rape in every two to three days in the last couple of years.

Mumbai: Raising questions over the safety of
citizens in the metropolis, a city-based NGO on Wednesday said the
financial capital has witnessed one murder and one rape in
every two to three days in the last couple of years.
As per the data procured by the NGO, Praja Foundation
through an RTI application, from April 2008 to March 2010,
every month 560 cases of thefts, 362 car stealing cases, 241
house-breakings, 19 murders and 15 rapes were registered in
all 89 police stations across the city.

"The figures are startling and worrisome. Maximum murders
were reported from South Mumbai (90) while highest number of
rape cases were registered in North Central Mumbai (75) in the
two years. North West region witnessed highest number of
molestation incidents (100), indicating that this region is
more unsafe for women," Managing Trustee of Praja Foundation,
Nitai Mehta said.
Maximum vehicle stealing cases were reported from North
Central Mumbai (1858) while maximum thefts were registered in
south Mumbai (3037) in the last two years.

"It is two years since the city witnessed the worst
terror attack. We expected that the city would be more secured
after the worst terror strike. But the question still looms
large that if the Mumbai is really safer place," Mehta asked.

The NGO has also announced the launch of signature
campaign for citizens` security and reforms in police force.

The petition with signatures of citizens would be
submitted to Home Minister R R Patil highlighting the crimes,
Mehta said.

Across the city, 240 murder cases were registered in 2009
-10 against 211 cases in 2008-09. The number of rape cases
have come down from 193 to 171 in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
However, molestation incidents have risen from 105 in 2008-09
to 198 in 2009-10, the data states.

PTI

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