Welcome to Daulatpura – a crime free village located in Banswara district of Rajasthan, where only four criminal cases have been reported to the police since independence.
The last case was reported in 2008 for a rash driving incident. Before that, there was one theft case reported in 1956 and two cases of assault in 1990 and 2007.
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By curbing crime in such an efficient manner, Daulatpura has become a role model for the entire country. While India already has other such villages that are known for maintaining low crime levels, the differentiating factor in the case of Daulatpura is the fact that it is situated in a state where the crime rate was higher than the national average at one point. According to a 2014 report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the crime rate in Rajasthan was more than 300 per 100,000 people, which was higher than the all-India average of 229. Additionally, the latest report by NCRB put Rajasthan at the second place in terms of the number of rape cases reported in the state – that is 3,759. It was also named as one of the least safe states for women in the country.
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Daulatpura got recognised when the state government was trying to identify villages that have been maintaining a crime-free environment and social harmony over the years. Dulji Patidar, a 60-year-old resident of the village, informed Hindustan Times that the villagers get together to sort out minor differences by discussing it among themselves rather than going to the police.
Former sarpanch Bhura Lal added that it is the economic stability and availability of irrigation water in the village that that helps them maintain such a low crime rate. Located about 580 km from Jaipur, the village is home to about 200 residents. The constant supply of water means that many people there are busy in their fields at most times.
“The village has had a tradition of sorting out things among themselves instead of approaching police,” said Dilip Singh, a government school teacher from a neighbouring village told HT.
A function was organized by the police officials of Banswara to honour the villagers for their constant endeavours to keep the village crime fee. The village police constable was also rewarded.