Jaipur: Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) leaders in Rajasthan these days have been vocal on one situation: rising crime within the state. Every time a case of loot, homicide or rape is reported, native leaders rally towards chief minister Ashok Gehlot with the cost that Rajasthan has topped within the nation by way of crime.

If we take a look at the crime statistics of Rajasthan Police, this cost appears legitimate. This yr, 3,777 circumstances of rapes have been registered within the state between January and July. The variety of rapes throughout the identical interval final yr was 2,972, which suggests there’s a rise of 25.07% crimes towards girls.

Equally, there’s a 28% rise in atrocities towards Dalit girls, 20.35% in housebreaking and 28% in circumstances of theft. Total, there was a 14% improve in crime between this yr and final yr.

On the problem, BJP state president Satish Poonia says, “Congress leaders in Rajasthan are busy consolidating their energy. Due to this, criminals are fearless, and folks fearful. Circumstances of loot, theft, homicide and rape are being reported from virtually all districts of the state, however the chief minister is ignoring these circumstances, on account of which life has turn into troublesome for the folks of the state.”

“In keeping with the info of the police division, there’s a 14% improve in crime within the state,” he provides.

“However in actuality, this quantity may very well be a lot greater. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot additionally holds the house portfolio due to which the police division shouldn’t be being monitored correctly. This has turn into a reason for concern for folks.”

Gehlot rubbishes the costs of Satish Poonia.

“The BJP is spreading lies about crime information in Rajasthan,” he says. “Our authorities carried out the coverage of registering all crimes. An FIR (first data report) is mandatorily registered at police stations for each grievance acquired. This led to a rise in crime registration, however there’s a distinction between an increase in crime and an increase in crime registration. Some individuals are wrongly deciphering these to be one.”

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. Photograph: PTI

The chief minister additionally says it’s flawed to match the info of 2020 with that of 2021.

“Nearly half of 2020 was underneath partial or full lockdown, resulting in a decline in crime. For instance, the circumstances of crimes towards girls fell by 16% as in comparison with 2019, and there was a decline of 11% in circumstances of rape. If one have been to match crime information of 2021 with that of 2019, one would see that there was a lower of 10%.”

The statistics launched by the Rajasthan Police corroborate Gehlot’s claims. Earlier than the coverage of obligatory registration of FIR, 34% circumstances have been registered after the intervention of courts; this quantity has now fallen to fifteen%.

In keeping with the legislation, if the police refuse to register an FIR on a grievance, the complainant can transfer a decrease court docket for the registration of crime.

“If the court docket is glad with the information, it orders police underneath Part 156 (3) of the Code of Felony Process, 1973 to lodge an FIR,” says Rajasthan excessive court docket lawyer Kapil Gupta.

Rajasthan’s director normal of police (DGP), M.L. Lather, says strict motion is being taken towards cops who refuse to register FIR.

“There have been 218 circumstances up to now wherein complainants went to the workplace of superintendent of police for FIR; 18 of them had earlier gone to respective police stations however their complaints weren’t registered. Departmental motion has been initiated towards officers of those 18 police stations. Vigilance groups conduct decoy operations to verify if police stations are reluctant to register crime,” the police chief provides.

Chief of Opposition in Rajasthan meeting, Gulab Chand Kataria, refuses to purchase this logic. “The DGP is saying that each one complaints are being registered and including that 15% of the FIRs are being registered on court docket orders. Isn’t this contradictory?” he questions.

Kataria says 15% shouldn’t be a small quantity. “These are the circumstances the place complainants went to courts. Clearly, there could be many who have been turned away from police stations, however couldn’t go to courts. The actual fact is criminals in Rajasthan have a free run and the police have misplaced their management.”

DGP Lather agrees that even after the method of registration of crime having been simplified and made hassle-free, the state is way from reaching the 100% goal of obligatory registration of crimes.

“The best state of affairs,” he says, “could be that each one complaints are registered at police stations and nobody has to strategy courts for FIRs. We’re inching in direction of reaching this, however false circumstances stay a problem.”

In keeping with Rajasthan Police, 37% of circumstances of crimes towards girls have been discovered to be “unfaithful” throughout investigations. By the way, Rajasthan has the very best variety of false circumstances within the nation.

In view of this, Rajasthan Police has made modifications in the way in which it investigates circumstances. The state authorities has created a particular investigative unit for crimes towards girls in every district underneath the supervision of SPs. Earlier, investigations into these circumstances have been monitored by deputy SPs. Other than crimes towards girls, the particular unit additionally screens investigations into the circumstances of atrocities towards the SC and ST, crimes towards kids and human trafficking.

“After arresting the accused, our prime focus is on finishing the investigation in a well timed method and submitting the cost sheets in courts. Following this, we put our power on bringing witnesses to court docket for conviction,” says DGP Lather.

He says that the efficiency of Rajasthan Police by way of pace of investigations and conviction fee is quickly bettering. For one, a case of rape took a mean of 280 days to analyze till 2017-18; now the probe is wound up in 140 days. Equally, the speed of conviction in crime towards girls within the state is 45% towards the nationwide common of 23%, he provides.

Avadhesh Akodia is an unbiased journalist. He tweets @AvadheshJpr

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