Half of Delhiites feel unsafe in capital

Half of Delhiites feel unsafe in capital

Half of Delhiites do not feel safe in their city, while most of those who witness crime do not report it to the police due to the lack of faith in the system, a new survey has found.

Mumbaikars have more faith in the city when it comes to safety and security than the residents of the national capital.

Only 17% of Mumbaikars feel unsafe in the city, which had witnessed one of the worst terror strikes -  26/11 - nine years ago.

Delhi Police stations are also not victim-friendly, according to people, if one goes by the survey.

Only 8% respondents in Delhi preferred to visit the police station personally to report a crime while 35% of Mumbaikars were fine with this.

The findings of the survey, conducted by Hansa Research for  the NGO Praja Foundation, forms part of a report called 'State of Policing and Law and Order in Delhi'. The survey took responses from 24,301 households in Delhi and 20,317 in Mumbai.

If the overall insecurity is at an already miserable 50% in Delhi, the numbers go up when it comes to women's safety.

60% of people feel that the city is not safe for women and the elderly as against the 25% in Mumbai.

When it comes to travelling, 57% of Delhiites report a feeling of insecurity, while  the figure is 23% for Mumbai.

The feeling of insecurity in the national capital is at the highest in the tony areas of south Delhi, where 56% of the respondents feel concerned about safety.

At least 15% of the respondents in Delhi have witnessed a crime, but almost two-third of them did not report it to the police.

A whopping 46% among those who witnessed a crime said they did not report it to police because they have "no faith in police/legal system".

Here too, Mumbai fares better as only 15% of the respondents said they do not have faith in the police there.

The report said, "this lack of faith clearly explains the fall in the registration of cases for almost all major crimes in Delhi."

Regarding  those who fell victim to crime, the survey said, "one out of 14 respondents encountered crime in Delhi, but  one out of three respondents who faced crime did not report."

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