Story by the Numbers: Crime rate is falling, but women are still at risk, data shows

While addressing the events in Lucknow and Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh on August 1, 2021, Union Home Secretary Amit Shah mainly attributed to the UP government led by Yogi Adityanath for how he claimed the “First place” in terms of law and order. “In four years, the Yogi government has strived to make Uttar Pradesh a place free of riot, land mafia and to ensure the safety of mothers and sisters in Uttar Pradesh,” the minister said. Inside the union.

This assertion is false. Uttar Pradesh recorded 5,714 cases of rioting in 2019 alone, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau. In 2018, the state registered 8,908 cases and ranked second in the country with 8,990 cases in 2017. In 2016, the number of cases stood at 8,018. UP CM Yogi Adityanath made another such claim on March 20, 2021, when he said no riot had occurred since he took office as CM in 2017.

Shah also said, “Over the past four years there has been a huge reduction in incidents like theft, dacidity, murder in the state.”

This statement is true. According to NCRB data, UP recorded a steady decline in theft, felony and murder cases between 2017 and 2019. In 2017, UP recorded 4,089 cases of theft, which then fell to 3,218 in 2018 and 2 241 in 2019.

Likewise, cases related to dacoity have almost halved in the state – from 263 reported cases in 2017 to 144 in 2018 and 124 in 2019. Murder-related cases have also declined, from 4,324 in 2017 to 4,018 in 2018, then to 3,806 in 2019.

But when it comes to cases registered for crimes against women, UP ranks first with 59,445 in 2018 and 59,853 in 2019. Additionally, UP is third in terms of pending cases of crimes against women. women (1.84 lakh), according to a Response from Lok Sabha of February 2, 2021. At 2.57 lakh of these pending cases, West Bengal tops the list, followed by Maharashtra at 2.07 lakh.

Data and Text: IndiaSpend

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