The number of women arrested for crime has gone up in Mumbai. It rose by 23.1 per cent (3,834 arrests) in 2014, against 3,115 the previous year.
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.
Most women were arrested for theft, followed by rioting, grievous hurt, cheating, assault or molestation, burglary and kidnapping, while most men were booked for theft, grievous hurt, burglary , outraging modesty and robbery.
In all, city police arrested 9,487 women and 1,02,080 men for various offences from 2012 to 2014.
According to NCRB, the arrests of women are on the rise. The data showed that the nature of crimes by women have also changed, from petty offences to serious ones like assault, kidnap and even murder.
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.
Experts felt violence against women has increased and retaliation is common. They say women are involved more in domestic violence and economic offences.
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.
Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty said female offenders have lost faith in the social system.