(PTI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said following the release of the report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was released attempts are being taken to discredit the state.
He also said it was proper to compare the numbers of 2021 and 2019 as it was the year of a shutdown in the year 2020.
Gehlot stated that despite the rule of mandatory registration of FIRs in Rajasthan the number of crimes recorded in 2021 was around 5 percent lower than the number of incidents recorded in 2019 in contrast, seventeen states as well as Union territories which included Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttarakhand recorded more crimes.
In an announcement, he stated that Gujarat recorded an increase of 70 percent in cases of crime. Haryana registered a 24 percent increase while Madhya Pradesh a 20-per cent growth.
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“Uttar Pradesh is ahead in the country in murder cases, crime against women and kidnapping. Gujarat has the highest number of custodial deaths. In the case of rape of minors under the POCSO Act, Madhya Pradesh ranks first in the country while Rajasthan is at the 12th place,” the chief minister stated.
He claimed that it was due to the mandatory FIR registration policy . In 2017-18, 33 percent FIRs were registered by the courts in accordance with Section 156(3) in the CrPC however, it is down to 13 percent.
Gehlot claimed that as a consequence of the measures that the state government has taken that the time spent in an investigation into rape cases has been brought lower to just 68 days, compared to 274 days in 2017-18.
The median time spent in the investigation of an POCSO investigation was 232 days in the year 2018. The average has dropped to the 66-day mark He pointed out.
“In Rajasthan, effective action is being taken by the police against every crime and the government completely stands with the victims,” said the minister. stated.
Gehlot stated in 2015 that approximately 51 percent of the instances in the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act were registered by the courts in accordance with the section 156(3) of CrPC and at present it’s dropped to around 10 percent.
“It is a matter of concern that some people have misused the government’s policy of compulsory registration of FIRs and got false FIRs registered. As a result of this, 45.28 per cent cases of crime against women in the state in 2019, 44.77 per cent in 2020 and 45.26 per cent in 2021 turned out to be false,” he added He added that a strict actions are being pursued against those who were able to get the false FIRs.
Gehlot also stated that the conviction rate for cases of rape is 48 percent in Rajasthan however, it’s just 28.6 percent on a national scale.
He stated that in instances of atrocities committed against women the conviction rate for women of women atrocities in Rajasthan is 45.2 percent, whereas it’s 26.5 percent for the nation-wide level. The percentage of cases pending of violence against women is 9.6 and in the nation, it’s 31.7. The percentage of pending IPC incidents in Rajasthan is approximately 10 while on a national scale, it’s 35.1.
The chief minister stated that there was another cause for concern that in around 90% of instances of sexual assault both the accused and victim were aware of one another (family members family members, friends, relatives or colleagues, etc. ).
The chief minister said efforts were made to defame Rajasthan in connection with an incident in Alwar in January where the victim was an intellectually-challenged girl. The media had said that she was raped by gangs but , upon investigation, it was revealed to be a case of accidents on the roads.
“This matter was also sent to the CBI for investigation, but the CBI did not even take up the investigation of the case,” Gehlot claimed.
The president demanded the rule of mandatory FIRs be implemented in all states.