By: Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an increase in crime rate with around 25,000 to 30,000 cases being reported annually.
Official figures reveal that 25,000 to 30,000 crime cases have been registered annually in the last one decade in Jammu and Kashmir.
The highest cases have been reported in 2020, when 29314 cases have been reported as against 25, 408 cases the previous year are indicating a rise in crime rate.
Similarly, 26558, 26907 and 26548 cases were registered in 2012, 2013, and 2016, respectively.
The twin capitals of the erstwhile state have witnessed the highest number of cases. Both these districts have reported over 30 percent of total crime cases in J&K.
A senior police official said there were many factors responsible for the highest rate of crime in Jammu and Srinagar districts.
“Both these districts are the most populated in J&K. People from other areas and states also come to these districts for employment, and many a times, they, too, get involved in crimes,” the official told a local news gathering agency.
The highest number of cases has been related to rioting, burglary, and molestation, cruelty by husband, assault on public servant, attempt to murder, cheating, stabbing, and eve teasing.
The figures say that J&K recorded a 29 percent increase in cases of crime against children with 606 incidents in 2020 in comparison to 470 in 2019.
Similarly, J&K recorded 3069 cases of crime against women in 2019 and the number rose to 3414 in 2020 thus showing 11 percent rise in the cases.
The police official said many crimes go unreported either due to remoteness of the location or victims choose to stay silent out of fear or social stigma attached to some crimes like molestation, eve teasing, or rape.
“There are some crimes, which are increasing in the valley. Police is dealing with such crimes, but it is also the responsibility of the society how to reduce the number of crimes in the region,” the official added. (KINS)