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Syed Shem­ul Parvez :
During the Corona pandemic situation, various kinds of crimes have increased in an alarming rate across the country. Murder, rape, snatching, drug trafficking, domestic violence and violence against women have been continuing, no matter what will happen to the criminals!
In this circumstance, country's sociologists and crime analysts said that the bestiality of the confined people is coming out from the hidden after a long period of unemployment.
Although the crime rate dropped in the early days of the Corona epidemic, crime and fraud activities have been rising gradually since June of this year.    According to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, the number of cases lodged with the capital's 50 police stations was 2,055 in March. In April, it dropped to 352 only. The number of cases increased to 518 in May and 1177 in June.
On July 12, the Detective Police (DB) arrested one Apel Mahmud and his wife Alvi Akhter. After the arrest, the couple said, in the past they used to sell clothes and seasonal fruits in a van. After the Corona epidemic began, their livelihoods were cut off.
After that, they decided to earn by cheating. On June 24, they tried to extort money by taking a businessman Sayed Nagar from city's Baddah area under hostage. Victim Sayed died at one stage of torturing as he didn't want to pay. Not only that, they have also admitted to cheating with many others people.
Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police Deputy Commissioner Mashiur Rahman told the media that the couple had confessed to cheating and murder connection after their arrest. Although there was no such allegation against them before. The couple claimed that they had resorted to such scams to make a living as they had no income source due to corona.
Professor Zia Rahman, Chairman of the Criminology Department at Dhaka University, told the media that, "We have also been noticing that crime is on the rise. In fact, many people who lost their jobs during the corona pandemic are now completely unemployed. Many low-income people do not have income source.
In such a situation, the crime rate among the people has increased severely.
Even we also fear that various kinds of crimes, including theft and robbery, may also increase.
Besides, many people will not take mental stretch because of corona. As a result, domestic violence has also increased alarmingly, Rahman added.
Online and Technical fraud will also be increased here. You have already seen fraud in the name of giving blood plasma. Now cyber crime is a new challenge for us. So everyone has to get out of here together, Rahman further added.
Crime analyst Sheikh Hafizur Rahman Curzon said that it seemed that people would refrain from various kinds of deceptions and bad deeds during the Corona epidemic. But candidly speaking crime top has increased dangerously in the society in last five months.
Hemayet Uddin Khan, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, said that crimes beyond accounts are taking place during the Corona. This is occurring because people do not have work to do. In lazy times people become involved with different types of crimes.

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