Mumbai witnesses 68 per cent increase in rape cases between 2013 and 2018

An RTI filed by activist Shakeel Sheikh revealed that the number of rape incidents have consistently increased over the last few years.

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Mumbai is considered to be one of the safest cities in the country. The people who move here have found the people to be cordial and the city to be reliable at all hours. However, a recent report suggests that the number of rape cases in the city has increased over the last five years.

A report from the RTI shows that rape cases have doubled in 2017 in comparison to 2013, raising the questions if Mumbai is losing the credibility of being a city safe for women

Activist Shakeel Sheikh filed an RTI to seek information  from the Mumbai Police and understand the scenario of rape incidents in the city from 2013 to September 2018.  The statistics submitted by the police in response to the same mentioned that the police is working on cases round the clock. As per records, a total of 3887 rape incidents recorded from 2013 to September 2018.

Here's the year-wise report of the incidents

YearNumber of cases reported
2013388
2014605
2015710
2016712
2017751
2018651


The numbers clearly indicate that the incidents have been increasing with years, and we, as a city are struggling to maintain integrity. Further, the RTI also revealed that around 289 minor girls have been raped between September and December 2017, and the number increased to 842 minor girls by September 2018.

Keeping these number, RTI activist Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh mentioned that the increasing number of rape cases in Mumbai is a matter of concern and action needs to be taken to stop the same.

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