City Ranked Second Only To Delhi In Crimes Against Women
Maharashtra witnessed a 107% rise in cases registered for outraging modesty, while Mumbai saw an 89.4% increase, the report said. Policemen said the increased numbers showed more wom
en were coming forward to file FIRs than in the past.
Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Mahesh Patil said the increase in street patrolling has showed results as cases of chain-snatchings and other crimes against women have reduced. “Initially, women would fear social consequences of reporting a crime and the hurdles they would have to encounter in the police station while lodging a complaint. Now due to increased awareness, women are refusing to tolerate crime. They are coming forward to demand the accused is punished, which is seen in the increase in the number of FIRs registered.“Former Thane police commissioner S P S Yadav, said a higher rate of employment among women has increased their interaction with various sections of society, which in turn has exposed them to greater risk of sexual exploitation. This can only be countered by commensurate and enhanced security measures, he added.
Susieben Shah, chairper
son of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, said the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, introduced after the Nirbhaya case, has helped. “Earlier, police would register a noncognizable offence instead of an FIR when a woman would complain of sexual assault.
Now police are compelled to probe the cases,“ said Shah.