While the national capital has been infamously tagged the ‘rape capital’ of India, it is now emerging as the ‘abduction capital’.
According to the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau; in 2015, Delhi recorded 21 cases of kidnapping every day, the highest number among all cities in the country.
Delhi has recorded 37 instances of kidnapping and abduction cases per 1 lakh people in 2015, said the latest ‘Crime in India’ report by the bureau.
Of the 20,339 violent crimes registered in 2015 in the national capital, 7,730 cases were that of kidnapping and abductions.
Uttar Pradesh registered the maximum cases of 11,999 kidnapping and abductions in the country in 2015, followed by Maharashtra (8,255) and Delhi (7,730).
Bihar was fourth with 7,128 cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (6,778), West Bengal (6,115), Assam (5,831), Rajasthan (5,426), Haryana (3,520) and Odisha (3,236).
Kidnapped Delhi boy Samir, now 10, was re-united with his family after 9 years. He was abducted by a childless couple in 2007 from a government hospital. This was one of the cases which got a happy ending. However, most do not get this lucky.
Criminals usually abduct children and elders for ransom, murder, revenge or for other reasons, the data showed. In some cases, however, women were abducted to force them into marriage.
Police sources admit that some cases of kidnapping never get reported as the affected families end up succumbing to the ransom demands of the criminals.
Cases of kidnapping and abductions were followed by robbery (7,407 cases), rape (2,199), attempt to commit culpable homicide (1,003), attempt to commit murder (770), murder (570), arson (224), riot (130), dowry death (122), dacoity (75), culpable homicide not amounting to murder (58), attempt to commit rape (46) and making preparation for committing dacoity (5).
A senior Delhi Police officer said that while the statistics do tell a story, “the reality is different”.
“When parents complain that their child is missing, we immediately register a case of kidnapping. In the case of the elderly, we register a case of missing until we feel there has been some foul play,” he said.
Police sources say many children are either traced or return to their families on their own.
“Tracing the missing children has remained an important priority for the Delhi Police, so in each such case, a First Information Report was registered promptly,” the officer said.
Delhi Police has been running ‘Operation Milap’, a campaign with an aim to unite the missing children with their parents.
The all-India figure for kidnapping and abduction in 2015 was 82,999, the report said.
Of the total figure, 1,260 victims ended up getting murdered, 774 were seized for ransom and 18,629 for other reasons. Also, 31,884 women were abducted and forced into marriage against their will.