Crime rate on the rise in Manipal2 min read
Manipal: The year 2011 saw increased criminal activity in the student town, a trend reflected by the 273 criminal cases registered at the Manipal Police station as opposed to 247 in 2010. Cases dealing with thefts, accidents and suicides saw a rise.
Students registered for crimes have decreased by a healthy margin. Out of the eight arrested for possession of narcotics, two were students. Two students were arrested in case of road accidents. Only one theft case involved a student. H. D. Kulkarni, Police Inspector at the Manipal Police station said, “We conduct periodic raids in the hostels and even in many apartments.”
Last year, three cases each of murder and robbery and one of dacoity were reported. 15 burglaries and 23 cases of theft of laptops and mobile phones were recorded. Eight people were arrested for the possession of narcotics. There were six fatal accidents in 2011 as opposed to 12 in 2010, a 50 percent drop. On the other hand, non fatal accident cases went up from 43 in 2010 to 72. 45 suicides were reported (36 males and 9 females) of which two were student related. One rape case and three gambling cases were reported last year which are numbers that reflect a decline in these crimes over the years.
Statistics reveal that sexual harassment cases have gone down considerably over the years. But some female students still complain about eve teasers. Khushboo Sangtani, a second year student of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) said, “Once I was walking with my friends on the Black Cup road at midnight when two bikers sped by and tried to touch us. Before I realised what was happening, they fled the scene. I wanted to note down the vehicle numbers but it all happened too quickly. Manipal is growing more unsafe with each passing day.”
With regard to this Kulkarni added, “Many female students have experienced eve teasing but are too scared to register complaints. Rape cases have gone down but eve teasing is on the rise. When such incidents happen, girls should note down the vehicle numbers because then it becomes easier for us to track down the culprits. One can approach the security personnel who guard the hostels and apartments. It is their duty to assist the students. There was one incident near KMC greens where a man tried to molest a student. The girl cried for help and some security guards came running and surrounded the man till the police came and took him away.”
Sub-edited by: Lijo Thampy