The Delhi Metro is the lifeline of the capital of India with over two million people using it for daily commuting. Whenever there is a crowd, there are also chances of theft and pick-pocketing, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) came out with an uncanny fact that shall make the commuters more wary the next time they take the metro train – 90% pick-pocketers are women!
The CISF had identified Kashmere Gate, Chandni Chowk, Shahdara, HUDA City Centre, Rajiv Chowk, Kirti Nagar, New Delhi and Tughlakabad stations as the metro stations that are more prone to pickpocketing.
The strategy of pickpocketers is simple i.e.in a crowded train, the women gangs distract the victims by engaging them in a conversation or by drawing attention to the accompanying child. While one of them distracts the victims, the others pick their pocket whenever they get the opportunity.
As per Hindustan Times, in 2017, the CISF had caught 373 pickpocketers out of which 329 were women!
In 2016, at least, 41 male and 438 female suspected pickpockets were caught by the CISF. On 2nd June, 21 women pickpockets were caught. On 3rd June and 4th June, again, another 15 and 16 women were caught on the respective days.
As per Times of India, 94% of pickpockets caught in Delhi metro trains were women as on 11th January, 2019.
As per Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for the security at Delhi Metro stations, women gangs are responsible for over 90% of the incidents of pickpocketing in Delhi metro.
Regular complaints have prompted, CISF to form anti-theft squads at every line & have also started following suspicious people as soon as they enter the metro premises to keep a watch, so that these gangs do not commit any offence.