In contrast, the number of men arrested for crime increased only by 22.9 per cent in 2014, the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data showed.
In all, city police arrested 9,487 women and 1,02,080 men for various offences from 2012 to 2014.
In terms of women criminals, Maharashtra stood number one in the country with 95,174 arrested in the last three years, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 64,916 and 56,492 from Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier this year, Dadar police arrested 25-year-old Madhvi Tambe, who posed as a custom officer and cheated housewives on the pretext of offering them gold at cheaper rates. The accused, who is unmarried and resident of Girgaum, has been committing the crime since 2012. The first crime she ever committed was in Jammu and Kashmir using a similar modus operandi, and she was also arrested by the local police.
In another case, a 25-year-old model Shrishti Gupta, who had starred in a recently released Hindi movie, was arrested by officers from Cyber Crime Cell (CCC) for defaming a 27-year-old Australian national of Kashmiri-origin on social media. Shrishti Gupta restored to such activities out of jealousy.
In October 2015, Matunga police arrested a gang of women who broke into houses.
A gang of five women robbed Kalyan Jewellers in Borivli. The gang fled with six gold bangles collectively worth of Rs 13 lakh mid-day
“It has also been noticed that very few women manage to give up crime after release from prison and most turn into hardened criminals. Many form gangs specialising in pick-pocketing, theft and economic offences,” Mumbai police spokesperson, DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni, said.