The Navi Mumbai police faced enough criticism from various nongovernmental organisations and residents throughout 2013 as they felt crimes were on the rise.
However, just at the beginning of 2014, the police came up with a very good news for its residents — they had the highest conviction rate in the whole of Maharashtra last year, which was also one of the best conviction rates in the whole country.
Presenting the annual crime reports at a press conference at CBD-Belapur, Navi Mumbai police commissioner AK Sharma said, “Last year, our conviction rate was around 50%, whereas the average conviction rate in the state was just 14-15%. The average conviction rates in the whole country have been 40-41% in the last couple of years.”
A total of 118 cases were heard by the sessions court and 20 suspects were convicted in 2012. As many as 39 suspects were convicted in 2013, of the 133 cases heard by the sessions court.
As far as hearings of the Courts of Judicial Magistrate of First Class (JMFC) are concerned, 1,397 cases were heard and 282 suspects were convicted in 2012. 1,498 cases were heard in 2013 and the number of convicted suspects was increased up to 686 in 2013.
“Two rape accused were given capital punishment in Navi Mumbai last year. One accused, who raped and murdered a five-year-old girl at Kopri village in Vashi, was ordered to be hanged till death within three months. Whereas it took the court more than six months for convicting the accused in Delhi’s Nirbhaya case,” Sharma said.
The police registered 4,922 cases in 2012 and detected 2,988 cases which was around 61% of the total cases. In 2013 however, their detection rate increased to 66% which was the best detection ever, since the Navi Mumbai police commissionrate came up in 1994.
Out of 4,928 cases registered in 2013, the police solved 3,269.
Crime against women however increased to a great extent in the satellite city in the last one year. “It’s true that rape, molestation and eve-teasing have gone up by almost 100% in the city, but the scenario is still better compared to other cities of the country. The number of such cases are increasing because more women are coming forward to register cases of crime against them. It’s a positive sign that all cases are being reported to the police and we are also trying our best to solve them as far as possible,” Sharma said.
“Last year, our objective was to reduce the crime rate by preventing crimes in the city and to increase the conviction rate. The increased conviction rate is a result of our continued efforts and we all are encouraged by it. By analysing the reports, it can be claimed that Navi Mumbai is among the securest cities in the country. We will continue to show the same efforts for ensuring the safety of the residents in the coming days,” Sharma concluded.