How authentic is our crime data

However, these statistics have severe limitations, as all crimes are not reported to the police, and if reported, many are not registered by the police. This under-reporting of crime data has been validated in a study by an Indian Police Service officer, Tripurari, in Policing without Using Force: The Jalpaiguri Experiment. As the Superintendent of Police in Jalpaiguri, he made registration of FIRs mandatory at the 17 police stations of the district. Outcome: the monthly average of the number of recorded cases jumped from 249 in the pre-experiment phase to 1,060.