Hyderabad, or the city of pearls, has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Only a couple of weeks back, a young girl of 17 was raped in a plush locality by minors. Following that, a woman working with an UN-affiliated organization was molested at an upscale pub at 1.30 am in the morning. Her friends were beaten up badly with bottles.
Then there is the rising number of honor killings. It looks like the city has become a place for aggression and sexual violence. Though the city is rated among the best cities to live in, the growing crime scenes in broad daylight and in plush areas have surely become a cause of concern.
Ironically, the Telangana government has the largest number of police recruits, and it is a city that is under high surveillance beating Chennai and London, New York, and Beijing. Hyderabad apparently has 480 CCTVs per sq km and 30 for every 1000 population. However, this hasn’t stopped the criminals from going ahead with their heinous crimes.
The Telangana state government is also coming up with an ultra-modern ‘Command and Control Centre’ that will centralize and codify the city’s facial recognition system on a real-time basis. While the human rights activists say it will be a grave violation of human rights and data privacy, the government does not seem to have any plans of withdrawing it. In fact, the Centre will be capable of monitoring data and imagery from 6 lakh cameras in the city.
With growing surveillance, the number of crimes only seems to be increasing in Hyderabad.