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Kolkata among the safest city in India for the third year in a row, confirms NCRB

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Kolkata among the safest city in India for the third year in a row, confirms NCRB
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Kolkata safest city: Kolkata has yet again secured its place as India's safest city for the third consecutive year, displaying the lowest rate of cognisable offenses per lakh population among major metropolises, based on the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.

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The eastern metropolis recorded 86.5 cases of cognisable offenses per lakh people in 2022, ranking well ahead of Pune (280.7) and Hyderabad (299.2), as per the NCRB data. Cognisable crimes entail those offenses that are registered under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SLL (Special and Local Laws). In 2021, Kolkata registered 103.4 cases per lakh people, showing a decline from 129.5 cases in 2020.



Compared to 2021, Pune and Hyderabad reported 256.8 and 259.9 cognisable offenses per lakh population, respectively. The rankings were established after evaluating 19 cities with over 20 lakh inhabitants. Despite maintaining a remarkable record, Kolkata faced an increase in crimes against women, with reported cases rising from 1,783 in 2021 to 1,890 in 2022. The crime rate against women in Kolkata, standing at 27.1 per lakh population, exceeded that of Coimbatore (12.9) and Chennai (17.1).

The city witnessed a decline in violent crimes, with reported murder cases dropping from 45 in the previous year to 34 in 2022. Similarly, the count of reported rape cases remained constant at 11 for both 2021 and 2022. The NCRB report, 'Crime in India 2022,' draws data from 36 states and Union territories along with central agencies to evaluate the crime scenario across the nation.

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