Delhi Police figures yet again show that the city is unsafe for women. Data of the first four months of 2014 show that six rapes and 14 molestation cases have been reported every day. Police, however, claim to have solved almost 90% of the cases.
According to a recent compilation of data by Delhi Police, a copy of which is available with IANS, 616 rapes and 1,336 molestation cases were registered between January 1 and April 30 — a 36% increase in rape cases compared to around 450 cases registered in the same period last year.
Cases of molestation recorded in the same corresponding period show a similar rise with over 1,000 registered cases.
Police said over 89% cases of rape and molestation reported in the first four months have been solved and the accused arrested.
In 2013, a total of 1,559 rape and 3,347 molestation cases were registered as compared to 680 rape and 653 incidents of molestation in 2012. Additional commissioner of police (crime branch), Ashok Chand said the increase in the number of cases against women is due to police following the “zero tolerance policy”. “Every case against women is being registered on a priority basis,” Chand said.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Delhi registered the highest 568 cases of rape in the country followed by 218 in Mumbai in 2011.
Delhi, which earned the infamous tag of “rape capital”, saw street campaigns, especially by the young, in 2012 after a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang-raped by six people, including a minor, and died later of grievous injuries.
Following the shocking incident, Delhi Police took several steps to ensure safety of women.
Another senior police officer told IANS that data have shown that in 90% of cases people known to the victims were involved, while a small percentage were committed by strangers.
“In most of the rape and molestation cases, the accused were known to the victim and this makes prevention of such crimes comparatively more difficult,” the officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.
Counting the steps taken by Delhi Police for women’s safety, additional deputy commissioner Varsha Sharma said, “A special police unit for women and children (SPUWAC) is already in place to handle women-related cases in all 11 districts.”
“Training in self defence for girl students of schools and colleges are also held on a regular basis. Gender sensitization programmes are organized for police personnel. At least 860 police personnel attended the programme organized by SPUWAC this year,” she said.
A mobile women police team is also available 24×7 to help women in distress. “On an average, 30 calls are received every day,” said the officer. A total of 11,439 calls were referred to the mobile women police team till April 30 this year.