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India's Rising Crime Graph

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“Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime”- Maximilien Robespierre

While watching the news of protests against the brutal gang rape of a 23-year old physiotherapist, my mother-in-law said “oh, it’s just a matter of few days and then nobody will care as to what exactly happened to the culprits and to the victims and their families”. Although her words didn’t surprise me, I was quite astounded and impelled to think about what she said. Have we Indians got so habituated to crimes that any act of law-breaking is just another “breaking news” for us? Why we listen to the crime related news so helplessly, as if we can’t do anything but just abuse the criminals on our TV screens and then get involved in our daily chores as if nothing happened.

Crime is present in many forms in India, wouldn’t be wrong even if we say its present in all forms in India be it drug trafficking, gunrunning, money laundering, extortion, murder for hire, fraud, poaching or human trafficking. When a heinous case of “baby falak” surfaced a year ago a wide network of felons was discovered, revealing the shameless face of brutality prevailing under our fake and fickle cover of civilized and modernized society. In a survey some hundred people it was asked “which part of the society was mainly involved in crimes like female infanticide/feticide and even dowry?” With no doubts the answer was “the village ward and the uneducated ones”, strikingly the statistics have a different story to tell. According to the registered complaints the maximum numbers of female infanticide cases were from the so called ‘urban’ class of the society. And it’s needless to highlight that beneath the lavish show of wealth in our modern day weddings often lies a weak marriage that thrives only until the supply of dowry stays supple after which domestic violence is not at all an unprecedented event.

With the advancements in technology even...