IT capital comes second only to New Delhi while Mumbai is in the third place. The system’s failure to keep track of criminals has contributed to the rise in crime rates. Bangalore: Bangalore may be the country’s technology capital but it is also the leader in several forms of crime. The recently released report, “Crime in India”, by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which analysed the statistics of 35 big cities, brings to the fore this dubious aspect of the city. The figures pertain to 2009 whose data took over a year to collate. A total of 2,21,345 crimes (as per the Indian Penal Code) were recorded in 2009 across the country. The highest incidence of crimes (under IPC) was recorded in Bangalore during the same period.
The IT capital comes second only to New Delhi where 13.2 per cent cases of the country’s cases were registered. Surprisingly, Mumbai — the homeland for underworld activities — is in the third place.
According to the NCRB, Bangalore is now the “crime capital” of the South. The city has seen an increase in organised crime, economic offences, cyber crime, crime against women and children, extortions and gang wars over the last couple of decades.
Murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and abduction, dacoity, plotting dacoity, robbery, burglary, theft, criminal breach of trust, cheating, counterfeiting, rape, dowry death, cruelty by husband and relatives, molestation, sexual harassment, child rape, kidnapping and abduction of children, trafficking in women, procuring minor girls, prostitution, abetment to suicide, exposure and abandonment, infanticide and foeticide continue to be reported across the city.
Besides these, several cases under other Special and Local Laws (SLL), i.e., Arms Act 1959, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, Gambling Act 1867, Excise Act 1944, Explosives and Explosive Substances Act 1884 and 1908, Railways Act 1989, Registration of Foreigners Act 1930, Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955, Indian Passport Act 1967, Essential Commodities Act 1955, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act, Antiquities and Art Treasures Act 1972, Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986, Copyright Act 1957 and Information Technology Act (IT) 2000 have also been registered in Bangalore.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) T. Suneel Kumar was defensive about the statistics. He told The Hindu that the NCRB report was based on the 2009 statistics and that crimes under categories such as murder, murder for gain and dacoity had come down since then.
The crime graph has indeed been seeing a steep ascent prior to 2009 but police officials attribute this to frequent and whimsical transfers among their cadre between 2007 and 2009.
There were many transfers in this period and at least 40 per cent of the police inspectors, who were familiar with the way criminal elements operated, were transferred to other districts. “A large number of police inspectors from other districts, backed by various factors, including caste, bribery, support of influential people, were posted to important police stations here,” a Central Crime Branch (CCB) officer revealed on the condition of anonymity. This resulted in the system’s failure to keep a track on career criminals, contributing to the rise in crime rates, he said.
He even claimed that police inspectors, who generally were familiar with the modus operandi of anti-social elements and had a sound knowledge of the crime scene, were transferred [for political reasons]. The officers who come in their place are not as experienced and this results in low efficiency in arresting the crime rate. Moreover, habitual offenders manage to get bail and escape court hearings, undermining the police mechanism, the officer added.
Excerpt from Guru Franklin Joseph
Guru Franklin Joseph is a Israeli certified Senior Civilian Instructor of Krav Maga Bangalore, an Israeli Elite Military Self Defense Combat system Mixed Martial Arts with no-rules, battle-tested, fast-paced, reflex-action based tactics dedicated to no-holds-barred combat for the purpose of street survival practiced in real life scenario based training.:
Krav Maga is not the miracle answer to solve crime. Now recently, one of my students was going to his office where he spotted a autowalla arguing with his female colleague and flat mate. Suddenly, the autowallas along with his follow auto drivers surround the poor women and start to harass them. He then had to push himself into that circle of autowallas to support his friends. A fight happened and finally they had the bloody nose even after one of them assaulted my student with a deadly weapon while being held back. My student was more worried about the Krav Maga tactics he did or did not apply under the fear and stress of a real fight. I told him tactically speaking he did excellent, baring the fact that he survived un-injured not only multiple attackers but assault with deadly weapon while being held back, so it was actually a good Krav Maga defense. But when I asked him why the fight started, he said over 10 Rupees. So you see, Krav Maga tactics did help to survive but the idea of fighting and trying to solve a 10 Rupee argument is not worth the consequences of the fight itself. The tougher part of Krav Maga training is to gain so much knowledge of street fight that you start respecting the consequences of the fight by avoiding, preventing and escaping without a fight. That a very tough challenge for a fighter. But, as they say, when the going gets tough, the tough learns Krav Maga! — Franklin Joseph
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