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7 things you didn’t know about urban crime in India

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Crime Index
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Crime Index

Going by overall crime rate that combines heinous crimes as well as petty offences, Delhi always stands out as the country’s crime capital while cities in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh where many crimes are underreported appear safe. The picture changes when a crime index is devised by clubbing similar types of crimes and assigning weights based on the gravity of an offence. Delhi looks much safer, while cities in Bihar, UP and Madhya Pradesh appear far more violent

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Murder/attempt to murder
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Murder/attempt to murder

Patna is 10 times more violent than Delhi. Index for crimes that cause death or could lead to death shows that Patna is about 6 times more violent than Lucknow, the city ranked second. Interestingly, Delhi the country’s unofficial crime capital, ranks far lower. CRIMES INCLUDED: Murder (100%), Culpable homicide not amounting to murder (75%), Dowry deaths (100%), Infanticide (100%), Foeticide (100%), Attempt to commit murder (50%), Attempt to commit culpable homicide (30%), Grievous hurt (30%).

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Violent crime targetting property
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Violent crime targetting property

Property, assets at greatest risk in Nagpur. When it comes to robbery, dacoity and arson, Nagpur, Delhi and Bengaluru are the worst cities. Kolkata is the best.CRIMES INCLUDED: Robbery (100%), Dacoity (100%), Arson (100%)

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Violent crime against women
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Violent crime against women

Bengaluru not far behind Delhi in crime against women. Delhi’s infamy for violent crime against women is well documented. It is surprising to note that Bengaluru is nearly as unsafe. CRIMES INCLUDED: Murder with rape/gang rape (100%), Dowry deaths (100%), Abetment to suicide of women (100%), Miscarriage (50%), Acid attack (50%), Attempt to acid attack (40%)

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Other crime against women
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Other crime against women

Lucknow tops in gender violence, Coimbatore the safest. When it comes to gender and sexual violence, Lucknow, Jaipur and Indore record a far higher rate than other cities. Chennai and Coimbatore are among the safest.CRIMES INCLUDED: Rape (100%), Cruelty by husband or his relatives (50%), Human trafficking (100%, Attempt to commit rape (50%), Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (50%), Insult to the modesty of women (50%)

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Crime against children
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Crime against children

Delhi quite unsafe for children, Indore worst Indore and Delhi record a much higher rate than all other cities for crimes against children. Once again, Chennai and Coimbatore are among the safestCRIMES INCLUDED: Murder (100%), Abetment of suicide of child (100%), Infanticide (100%), Foeticide (100%), Human trafficking (100%), Selling of minors for prostitution (100%), Rape (100%), Attempt to commit murder (50%), Exposure and abandonment (50%), Simple hurt (10%), Grievous hurt (30%), Kidnapping (50%), Attempt to commit rape (50%), Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (50%), Insult to the modesty of women (50%)

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Crime against SC/ST
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Crime against SC/ST

Patna, Lucknow most unsafe for Dalits When it comes to crimes against SC and ST persons, Patna and Lucknow stand out for their combined crime rates. They are followed by Kanpur and Jaipur.CRIMES INCLUDED: Crime against SC (100%), Crime against ST (100%

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Economic fraud
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Economic fraud

Jaipur is country’s con capital Jaipur has the highest rate for combined economic offences. It is followed by Lucknow and Kanpur.CRIMES INCLUDED: Criminal breach of trust (100%), Counterfeiting (100%), forgery, Cheating & fraud (100%)Research: Atul Thakur | Graphic: Sajeev Kumarapuram Source: NCRB, Rates are calculated by taking 2015 population from UN population division. Delhi’s population is for 2017, as given in NCRB

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