This article is from Oct 09, 2020

Are Coimbatore, Kolkata and Patna safe cities for women?


Coimbatore, Kolkata, Patna Zero sexual harassment cases and safe cities for women in India.

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In India recent days the question arises as that which cities are safest for women as incidents of sexual harassment and violence against women increase day by day.

In this time a Facebook page namely Troll Cinema is claiming that the cities like Coimbatore, Kolkata and Patna are the safest places for women with 0 sexual harassment case in a meme, but they mention only of cases of sexual harassment in Coimbatore, Kolkata and Patna, not of cases of rape and assault on women. We decided to find out the truth and searched the data.

Fact Check:

Based on the NCRB data released every year, it is possible to know which states and cities have the highest crime rates against women in the country. Similarly, it is possible to know which cities have a safer environment for women with lower crime rates.

On October 7, the India Times website reported, “Zero Cases Of Sexual Harassment, Kolkata Safest City For Women; Coimbatore & Patna Among Safest” are the cities with the lowest rates of sexual assault. Not only sexual harassment but also sexual assaults against women need to be looked at.

In the 2019 NCRB data, the number of incidents including rape, sexual harassment and assault against women in 19 metros in India had been released. Of those 19 metropolitan areas, there are two cities from Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Coimbatore. Kolkata, Coimbatore and Patna are among the 19 cities with the lowest crime rates against women.

In 2019, sexual harassment against women was reported as zero only in Coimbatore and Patna. According to the NCRB data, 59 cases have been reported in Kolkata. As per this data, zero sexual harassment of women was only at the work and office in Kolkata. Elsewhere, 59 cases were reported. Next, the rape attempt was cited as zero for all three metropolitan areas

However, we have tabulated cases of rape against women in 3 particular cities and cases registered under the POCSO Act. Cases of rape have been reported in Coimbatore (1), Kolkata (14) and Patna (13).

Cases of rape have been reported in Coimbatore (1), Kolkata (14) and Patna (13). All three cities have the lowest number of rape cases. Delhi (1231) is the city with the highest number of rape cases.


In our search, based on 2019 NCRB data, 19 cities in India have the lowest number of reported cases of rape against women, including Kolkata, Coimbatore and Patna. Coimbatore and Patna have zero cases of sexual harassment while Kolkata has 59 cases. All three cities have zero cases of attempted rape.

They may be considered safe cities for women as they are zero in on sexual harassment and attempted rape. It is learned that Delhi (1231) is an unsafe metropolis with a high incidence of rape cases.

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