Nepal | July 09, 2020

Overall crime rate soaring in Kathmandu valley, say police

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, July 20

The overall crime rate in Kathmandu has shown an upward trend, show statistics released by police.

Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, filed as many as 6,841 cases at the court and district administration offices against crime suspects in the fiscal 2017-18 compared to 4,582 last fiscal. According to the statistics, police arrested 9,102 suspects in connection with 6,841 cases and 692 persons are still at large. MPR said the crime rate increased by approximately 33 per cent in the fiscal 2017-18 against the last fiscal.

Public offence is the single biggest crime reported in Kathmandu. Of the 6,841 cases filed, over 3,500 cases were related to public offence. Police said crime rate rose during festive seasons and monsoon. The month of Asadh recorded the highest number of crimes with arrest of 955 persons and 91 others absconding. Police filed 867 cases against the suspects. The number of cases filed at the court and DAO are less than the number of suspects arrested by police due to involvement of more than one persons in the same crime.

Among the heinous crimes, reported cases of rape increased to 45 in 2017-18 from 29 in 2016-17.

In some cases, men and women living together without marriage have consensual sex, and the alleged victim files a rape complaint against the man with police when their relationship turns sour, said SSP Bishwaraj Pokharel. All rape accused were arrested except two persons involved in Durbar Marg gang rape.

Similarly, police arrested 79 persons with 133 gram heroin, eight kilograms of hashish and 22,000 ampules of injectable drugs. Cases of financial crime and fraud increased to 691 and 217 in fiscal 2017-18 from 184 and 139 last fiscal respectively.

Monetary greed and temptation is the single largest reason for crimes in the cities. Crime rates are higher in big cities than in small cities and rural areas because chances of being recognised and arrested in a large mobile population is lower.

Social crimes, domestic violence and burglary are the biggest problems facing cities. Murder, attempted murder, fraud, human trafficking, rape, attempted rape, kidnapping, drug smuggling, robbery, theft and social crimes remain the main challenges to law and order in urban life.


A version of this article appears in print on July 21, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Irrigation project elates farmers

NEPALGUNJ, JULY 7 Farmers in Banke were elated after Sikta Irrigation Project released water in the project’s western and eastern canals keeping in view the paddy plantation time this year. Man Bahadur Magar of Kamdi, Duduwa Rural Municipality, said he could plant paddy on time this year aft Read More...

Financial institutions, banks urged not to pile pressure for loan payment

POKHARA, JULY 7 Western Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara, has urged banks and financial institutions not to pile pressure for loan payment. Banks and financial institutions are pressing hotels and the tourism sector to pay back the loan and interest, on the ground that the fiscal year was d Read More...

Parliamentary committee probing irregularities

DHANGADI, JULY 7 The federal Parliament’s Agriculture, Cooperatives and Natural Resources Committee has started investigating alleged irregularities carried out in the name of scientific forest management. A team of the panel comprising Shanta Chaudhary, Satya Narayan Sharma Khanal and Raj B Read More...

‘Don’t just build back better, build back different’

According to the United Nations, the coronavirus pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities and exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems. The pandemic has compounded the socio-economic challenges facing women. Regarding this issue, Arpana Ale Magar from The Himalayan T Read More...

Helipads coming up in Banke, Bardiya

NEPALGUNJ, JULY 7 Local levels have started constructing helipads to control possible loss of lives and property due to floods in Banke and Bardiya. Helipad construction is under way to rescue people trapped in the floods. Choppers can take off and land even at night time in the new helipads. Read More...

Diprung Chuichumma RM to mobilise teachers in community from July 22

KHOTANG, JULY 7 Khotang’s Diprung Chuichumma Rural Municipality is preparing to mobilise teachers in every tole of the local level and resume teaching-learning activities from July 22. The rural municipality decided to this effect after the school remained closed for the past four months due Read More...

Hospitals to be upgraded next fiscal year

HETAUDA, JULY 7 Bagmati Province government will upgrade several hospitals in the province next fiscal. According to the Ministry of Social Development, the capacity of Hetauda Hospital will be upgraded to 300 beds. Bhaktapur, Sindhuli and Trishuli hospitals will be expanded to 100-bed hos Read More...

Making sure our four-legged friends are fed

KATHMANDU The lockdown came into effect in Nepal on March 24 to curb the spread of coronavirus confining people to their homes while schools, offices and businesses shut down. Nobody knew how the situation would unfold and for how long the lockdown would continue. At that moment Founder of Dis Read More...