A collection of all the best movies, TV shows and songs written about the criminal underworld in Indian cinema, the Drama dictionary has been launched by the Centre.

It lists out the most common themes and references in the films, TV series and songs, along with a summary of their plot and themes.

It also has a list of popular and most popular characters, which are also linked to the criminal world.

This was done through a process of cross-referencing the books, in the Hindi language, with the Dictionary. 

The dictionary includes films, music, dramas and musicals as well as books and poems.

It will be launched in the coming months, in a collaboration with the Centre for Crime Prevention and Detection (CDP), a collaboration between the National Crime Records Bureau and the Centre, and the National Film Archive.

The Dictionary was launched on April 4, 2017, at a function organised by the National Museum of Crime in Delhi, where senior officials of the police and Crime Branch of the Centre had gathered to review the literature and information available in the crime drama field.

A series of sessions will be held in the Museum every month to look into the crime dramas and films of India. 

The dictionary also has more than 4,000 reference books, covering all aspects of the criminal law and criminal justice, including the criminal records and the criminal proceedings.

“The purpose of the dictionary is to bring out the knowledge of crime drama and films.

It gives an insight into the plot and the style of the crime,” said Jaspreet Singh, secretary, Department of Crime Prevention, Enforcement and Law Enforcement. 

According to a report by the government, crime has increased significantly in the last decade in the country. 

Between 2005 and 2016, India’s population increased by more than 7 crore and its number of murders increased by 4,074.

The number of cases registered in 2017 stood at 7,958, while the total number of crimes registered in India was 1,717,000. 

In a report released in November last year, the Supreme Court had said the increase in crime in India is due to the “continued lack of political will and accountability among the ruling class to tackle crime.” 

The new edition of the Drama Database is the third attempt in the history of the book to tackle the issue of crime and crime drama in India.

Earlier editions included books like The Criminal Law of India, The Criminal Code of India and The Code of Criminal Procedure of India (both in Hindi). 

The first edition of Dope was published in 2015 by the Delhi-based National Crime Research Institute (NCRI), and was a huge hit.

In addition to the books listed above, the new edition includes an appendix with more than 1,400 criminal cases of which more than 500 have been recorded in India since the introduction of the Criminal Procedure Code in 1977. 

“Dope has helped us in our efforts to bring together literature and data from different sections of the country,” said B.R. Patil, secretary of the Delhi Crime Prevention Committee. 

Read more:Dope with Drama Dictionary will be available for purchase in India on June 4, 2019, at Rs. 10.

The government has also announced an e-book on the crime in the future, with a list to be announced later. 

First Published: Jun 25, 2019 06:55:16