‘My Sarkar’, when will Odisha Police have sexual offenders’ database?

Post Nirbhaya incident, Centre had urged all states, including Odisha, to create a sexual offender database and upload the same on CCTNS to track and prevent repeat of sexual crimes by habitual offenders

Bhubaneswar: Even as CM Naveen Patnaik picked up the phone to dial the start of his pet scheme ‘Mo Sarkar’ in Odisha on Gandhi Jayanti, the harshest reality is the State despite implementing CCTNS (Crime &Criminal Tracking Network System) since 2012, and when rape cases in Odisha have crossed the 1,300 mark by September end, has no sex offender central database till date.

Post the Nirbhaya incident, the Centre had urged all the states, including Odisha,  to create a sexual offender central database and upload the same on CCTNS so as to track and prevent repeat of the sexual crimes by a habitual offender.

Though Odisha has implemented the CCTNS completely since 2012, the big revelation is Odisha police is yet to prepare a comprehensive database of sexual offenders.

Significantly, the State police has created a central database on drug peddlers, arm licenses, senior citizens and, even, single women. But it has no such database on sexual offenders, when the State government faces a lot of flak for rising sexual crimes in the State over the years.

Another vital crime tracking factor missing in Odisha Police is, it has not created a central database on crimes that took place in villages.

“Police records show post arrest in a crime in a particular village, it has been observed that the offender moves out to a new location to carry out his modus operandi. A database could have alerted the police that a new criminal has checked in to their locality. And this would help the police in arresting the rising crime graph in State,” explained a senior police official in Odisha Crime Branch.

The side-effect for lack of such databases is police data shows the rural crime load has increased over the years in the State. Nearly 80 per cent of violent IPC crimes are being reported from rural police stations, reveals the data.

How uploading sexual offenders database on CCTNS helps? A central database will prove a game-changer in arresting sexual crimes, if the sexual offenders are habitual offenders. And habitual offenders database will enable the whole police setup to track their movement and location.

Consider this. As per NCRB data (available upto 2016),  since 2015, rapes or say any sexual crimes are committed by rogue elements in Odisha. This has been a completely new trend and Odisha tops the  country in rapes by rank outsiders.

In tandem to the new trend, another revealing trend observed was rapes on minor girl children (below 18 years) have now increased to over 63 per cent from 28 per cent in 2013.

And police records show majority of offenders were history-sheeters or accomplices of local goons (dadas).

Therefore, a database on village crime details could help the entire State police set up to track the movement of local goons or history sheeters.

An analysis shows Madhya Pradesh has no sexual offenders’ central database till date, and, coincidentally, the state tops the country in crime against women. Similar is the case of Bihar.