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Officials claim steps to make cities safer have been taken, recent incidents prove otherwise

in INDIA, 19/01/2014

The gang rape of 51-year old Danish woman in the capital has brought back focus on the megacities being the hub of crime against women. This puts to shame official claims in regard to efforts having been made to make these cities safer for women.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 15% incidents of crime against women are recorded in ‘Mega Cities’. That is a sizeable percentage since megacities comprise a miniscule of total population of the country.  

The term `Mega City' as per NCRB, refers to cities having population of over 10 lakh (1 million). The number of such cities has increased from 35 in the year 2001 to 53 in the year 2011.

The NCRB report also shows that out of total number rape cases recorded during 2012 mega cities account for 12% of such cases during the year. Post Nirbhaya gang rape in December 2012 Delhi Police claimed to have put in place extraordinary steps to make the city safer for women.   

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