The City of Joy has once again proven why it best deserves that sobriquet. Kolkata’s captivating charm runs far beyond its diverse culture, delectable cuisine, and rich heritage. And it was yet again proven when Kolkata emerged as the safest city in India for the second time in a row. By Kumar Shree

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released its report for the year 2018, and it has revealed the lowest rate of cognisable offences in Kolkata. On a scale that measures known recorded offences per lakh people, the capital of West Bengal scored 152.2 points, which is the lowest of all. Other cities following Kolkata closely are Hyderabad, Pune, and Mumbai in that particular order.

Kolkata’s record, however, was not absolutely flawless as it took fourth position on the list of most violence-prone states. The recorded crime rate contributing to that status stands at a staggering 46.1 per cent. Its report card was further soiled because of featuring on the list of only three cities to record acid attacks in 2018. The other cities to share a spot on the list are Chennai and Delhi.

Kolkata Police Commissioner in his statement following the report said, “Focused attention of the state government towards creating infrastructure and additional manpower, creation of new police stations, upgrade of vigilance, both human and technological, among other things have helped greatly in the prevention and detection of crime.” “With a shift towards ‘core policing’ during the last year, with a focus on night-policing, preventing crimes against women, consistent road checks, we expect to see further improvement in 2019 and 2020,” he added.

Kolkata has also done a commendable job in bringing down the number of IPC cases, and number of murders and attempted murders when compared to other cities. No wonder it has emerged as the safest city in India for the second time. Kolkata deserves the tag and we hope it continues to better its records in coming years.

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