In one of the shocking disclosure made by the national daily news paper, it has been revealed that Goa is on the top of the list in the crime against and by the foreigners amongst the 28 states in India, it also has topped the list of highest number of foreigners arrested under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act in the year 2014. According to the sources total 73 cases were registered against the foreigners and by foreigners in 2014 alone.
Actually India’s tiny state falls on number two in India with Delhi claiming around 164 cases but when it comes to the case of foreigners caught under the NDPS Act the nation’s capital falls on second number with three cases less. According the report published “The ‘Crime in India” an annual release of the home ministry’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), has for the first time collected, collated and published statistics of crimes committed against foreigners and by foreigners in India. While the category known as foreign tourists has been specified, foreigners living in the country on business visas, or as students, or as long-stay visitors have been clubbed under the category other than tourist foreigners”.
Goa had received 5.14 lakh tourists 2014 and overall 73 crimes reported by the foreigners in the state while 66 were against the foreigners. Of these 73 crimes, a majority, at least 25, were thefts, all registered under sections 379 and 383 of IPC. Following Goa, among the states, are Uttar Pradesh (66), Maharashtra (59), Rajasthan (36) and Karnataka (14) for crimes against foreigners. Union territory Delhi, with 164 crimes against foreigners, of which 135 were against foreign tourists, tops the overall list.
In India overall 486 crimes were recorded against the foreigners out of whom 384 were against tourists. The all India figure indicates that highest portion of crime is petty theft involving 260 foreigners, 39 were involved in assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, 22 cases were of rape, robbery and cheating. Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep had zero incidences of crimes against foreigners.
Goa IGP Sunil Garg attributes the numbers to the large number of tourists frequenting the state. “The number may be higher compared to other states because many states don’t receive as many tourists as Goa. The percentage of crime to the number of foreigners in the state is much lower.”
The police also claimed that the foreigners are more aware about their legal rights and they do not hesitate to register the complaint regardless of the intensity of crime either minor or major in a nature, while the Indian counterparts believes in settling the matter amongst themselves an avoid the hassles of police. “Foreigners immediately report to the police, while locals try and settle problems among themselves,” DIG, Garg told the media.
Goa also recorded 27 foreigners being arrested under the NDPS Act in 2014, the highest among all states and union territories in the country. Following Goa are Delhi (24), Mizoram (14), and Himachal Pradesh (13) for arrests under the Act.
The purpose of this article is not point out the finger towards the foreign national but it is the result of the survey done by the national media and as Goa’s tourism is more dependent on the foreign nationals it could be the matter of concern to all the stakeholders in the tourism industry and it has to be handled very carefully. “Atithi Devo Bhavo” is the tagline of India Tourism promoted by the Incredible India and hope same prevails in the state. Please do leave your comments and suggestions on this issue.
Edited by: Goa Prism News Desk