The high rate of crimes credited in the name of the state on a national scale is on account of the fact that unlike in many other states,most of the crimes are being reported here, according to Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
“Higher awareness levels among women in Kerala are also reflecting in the reportage of all sort of crimes against the fair sex,” he said, while briefing the media after a high-level meet of top police officers in the state here on Friday.
Against the backdrop of reports quoting the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics that crimes in the state are high, DGP Jacob Punnoose has made it amply clear that it is due to ‘some special features associated with compiling of statistics’ that the figures have been listed on a higher side.
He said in a statement here the other day that the higher number of riot cases registered by the state police eventually puts Kerala on top of the crime list. The cases registered under the category of ‘riots’ are considered as violent crimes by the NCRB.
There is a difference in the registering of riot cases in Kerala,when compared to other states. Riots in other states are mostly crimes perpetuated by violent gangs. But in Kerala, even small protest marches taken out without the permission of authorities are categorised as riots and hence such a large number of cases. “More crimes are getting reported in Kerala as the people maintain more vigil.
People are aware of their rights and they are not reluctant also to approach police stations and file complaints as people have good relation with cops,” the statement said.