Hyderabad: Hyderabad is still in shock, reeling the tragic death of 23-year-old G Malla Kavya who was on her way with her brother to give a bank exam. Their bike skidded over loose gravel on the road and resulted in their dreadful death in a matter of seconds. With the increasing number of vehicles and the quality of roads going down, the rate of accidents has gone up in the city.
According to National Crime Record Bureau’s NCP (National Crime Report) 2017, Telangana state comes in third in deaths due to negligence relating to road accidents. In the year, Telangana state reported that 8,598 people died due to negligence relating to road accidents. Tamil Nadu tops the criteria, while Haryana follows.
Telangana also comes in third in the number of cases of causing hurt by rash/negligent driving on the public way. Tamil Nadu tops this category as well, while Madhya Pradesh is close behind.
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The matter of fact is that in a larger canvas, these deaths due to negligence and bad roads fall down the priority list when it comes to ‘bigger’ crimes such as murder. However, the data provides a different perspective on the same picture in the canvas. Of the total IPC crimes in the country in 2017, 32.3% (989,071) are offences affecting the human body. Of that, only 29,561 were murder, and of that, Telangana reports only 886. At the same time, the number of deaths due to negligence relating to road accidents is almost ten times that number.
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Additionally, 151,777 people died due to negligent driving in India in 2017. Hyderabad alone reported 372 cases of road deaths in the same year. At the same time, under rash driving on a public way, out of 574,676 cases reported, Telangana filed around 17,020 incidents. Here, Kerala tops the list with 164,174 instances.