Despite lockdown, 48,589 cases disposed by Telangana police in 2020
Hyderabad: A long wait for justice ended on February 6, 2020 when a trial court sentenced Marri Srinivas Reddy to death in the infamous Hajipur triple-rape and murder case. Thanks to the efforts of Rachakonda commissionerate, the case was taken to the logical conclusion, and three poor families of Hajipur finally saw the dawn of justice.
Hajipur incident sparked national outrage in 2019. A serial rapist on the loose offered a lift to a 14-year-old girl when she was waiting for a bus at Bommalaramam. He took her to his agricultural well adjacent to his village and tried to sexually abuse her. When she raised alarm, the accused gagged her threw her into the well.
In another case reported at Hayath Nagar, accused Ravi Shekar was sentenced to life. The accused, 48, promised the victim a job and kidnapped her in July 2019. She was rescued a week later and Ravi was arrested soon after. Initially, a kidnapping case was registered at Hayathnagar police station. Later, police found that Ravi had sexually assaulted her multiple times in the captivity.
A local court here sentenced four persons accused in the 2019 Maheshwaram gang rape case were sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs. 2,000 was also imposed on each of the accused. The four persons and the victim hailed from Odisha and worked at JMB brick kiln in Telangana's Maheshwaram. On the night of 16 August 2019, the victim had gone to relieve herself when the men followed her, dragged her into the bushes, and raped her.
Similarly, the Telangana Police has disposed of around 48,589 cases in 2020 even as they fought the impediments caused by COVID-19 such as attending courts and managing judicial paperwork. In 48.55 per cent of cases i.e. in 23,591 cases conviction was also achieved.
The numbers were less than previous years due to the limitations set by the lockdown and virtual court hearings.
As per year-over-year comparison, in 2019 during the same period, 75,061 cases were disposed and in 22,119 cases conviction was achieved.
In 2018, by this time, around 81,548 cases have been disposed and the accused in 22,528 cases were convicted.
The highest number of cases were disposed of by the Rachakonda Commissionerate which stood at 6,147 cases in which 3,257 cases found resolution through conviction. In the Hyderabad Commissionerate 5,115 cases have been disposed of with the accused in 1,846 cases given conviction. In the Cyberabad Commissionerate, around 4,896 cases have been disposed of with 2,742 cases found resolution through conviction.
The least number of cases to have been disposed of were in Narayanpet district at 239 cases in which only 18 cases (7.53 per cent), saw the accused given conviction.
The highest number of conviction rates were in Komaram Bheem-Asifabad district with 83.38 per cent where 1,841 cases were disposed of and 1,535 people were convicted. Adilabad had a conviction rate of 75.02 per cent where out of the total 1,005 disposed of cases, 754 people were convicted.
In three cases, one each in the Warangal Commissionerate, the Rachakonda Commissionerate, and the Komaram Bheem-Asifabad district, the court gave capital punishment to the accused.
In 53 cases in the state, the court ordered life imprisonment to the accused while in 39 cases, the convicted received a jail time of seven years and above.
Similarly, in 68 cases, the court gave three to seven years of jail to the convicts while in 1,316 cases, up to three years of imprisonment was given.
In 22,112 cases, the court only fined the convicts.