Fact Check: Does Latest NCRB Data Declare Kolkata As The Safest City For Women? Here’s The Truth

A post has gone viral on social media with a claim that Kolkata is the safest city for women in India as per National Crime Records Bureau Data.

The image is shared with a Bengali caption that reads, “আমাদের গর্বের তিলোত্তমা কলকাতা দেশের সবচেয়ে নিরাপদ শহর* সম্প্রতি কেন্দ্রীয় সংস্থা এনসিআরবির রিপোর্টে সামনে এলো এই তথ্য। বিজেপি শাসিত রাজ্য গুলির থেকে আমাদের পশ্চিমবঙ্গে অপরাধের হার অনেক কম। বিজেপি শাসিত রাজ্যে নারীরা যতটা না সুরক্ষিত তার চেয়ে বেশি সুরক্ষিত পশ্চিমবঙ্গে। তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস জিন্দাবাদ.. মমতা ব্যানার্জি জিন্দাবাদ.. অভিষেক ব্যানার্জি জিন্দাবাদ..”

(English translation: Kolkata, our proudest city, is the safest city in the country. Our crime rate in West Bengal is much lower than in BJP ruled states. Women are more protected in West Bengal than they are in BJP-ruled states. Long live Trinamool Congress .. Long live Mamata Banerjee .. Long live Abhishek Banerjee)

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here, here and here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be misleading.

On observing the post, we found that a link was shared in the post. On clicking the link, we found that the report was of January 10, 2020, and the title read, “Kolkata is India’s safest city to live in for 2nd year in a row.”

We further searched with the keyword, ‘safest city for women’ and found a report published by Hindustan Times on September 16, 2021.  According to the report, the recent NCRB data suggested that crime against women is lowest in cities of Tamil Nadu like Coimbatore and Chennai. The report suggested that Coimbatore and Chennai have the lowest rate of crimes against women as compared to 19 other metro cities in India, including Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Also, according to NCRB data 2020, cases of crime against women reported in Coimbatore is 97, in Chennai, it is 576; while in Kolkata the total number of cases of crime against women reported in Kolkata is 2001.

Thus, we can conclude that the posts going viral on social media is misleading.

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