75% Jump Sees It Overtake B’lore, Rape & Kidnap Cases Spurt

The state and the city have failed to protect its children, shows the NCRB report for 2013 released on Monday Maharashtra remained fourth among states for the .
number of crimes against children in 2013 while Mumbai climbed to second position in 2013 overtaking Bangalore with a 74.5% rise in the crimes.The only mildly bright spot in the report for the state is the small drop in foeticide cases (29%). There has been a spurt under every other head, even kidnapping -90.2% in the state and 96.5% in the city -and rape –68.6% in state and 56.7% in city (see box).

On May 14, 2013, 13-yearold Aditya Ranka, the son of a diamond merchant staying in Girgaum, was kidnapped by his cousin, Himanshu Ranka, 28, and his friend Brijesh Sanghvi, 25. The duo had incurred losses in IPL betting amounting to more than a million rupees wanted to demand a hefty ransom. But the plan went awry and they killed the boy.

Cases of rape of children keep coming up with a sick ening regularity, particularly in Mumbai’s slums. Police spokesperson DCP Mahesh Patil said they have in creased police patrolling, but cannot prevent rapes by persons known to minors.

Former chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Child Minaxi Jaiswal blamed the government. “The government is least bothered to take up the case of crimes against children. I have personally drafted several ideas to tackle crimes against children. But till date, the government hasn’t done anything,“ said Jaiswal.

A senior IPS officer said innocent children are easy targets. “The accused lure children by offering goodies and easily gain trust before committing the offence.
Take the example of Kurla’s Nehru Nagar rape and murder of minor girls that occurred in 2011. All the three minor victims were lured with chocolates by the accused before they were kidnapped, raped and killed,“ said the officer.

The officer added that the government has made it mandatory to lodge a complaint and begin probe immediately if a matter is related to minors.


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