New Delhi: At a time when the world is gearing up to observe International Women’s Day, Delhi is yet to come out of the shadow crime against women. (JPN/Agencies)
Just a day before the 36th anniversary since the United Nations declared March 8 as International Women's Day in 1977, Delhi has witnessed around four rape cases a day this year, almost double the last year's rate.
The records are a clear indication that crime against women has not abated in the capital despite campaigns and stepped up police action.
The city witnessed a total of 181 rapes between January one and February 15, Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told Rajya Sabha in a written question.
An analysis of figures shows that Delhi witnessed four rapes a day in the capital during this period while the average for 2012 was around two. In 2012, the Delhi Police Annual Report said that 706 rape cases were reported.
Last year also saw a 23.43 percent leap in the number of rape cases compared to 2011 when it registered 572 such incidents in the city.
However, police say that the surge in number of rape cases could not be directly attributed to the law and order situation as more than 97 per cent of rape accused were known to the victims.
Last year, in all the rape cases except 26 cases, the accused were known to the victim -- 207 were family members and 200 friends. Of the 706 cases last year, police say 93.62 per cent of the cases have been solved.
Only last week, the city had witnessed the rape of a seven-year-old girl in a municipal school in north-west Delhi's Mongolpuri by an unidentified person. Nobody has been arrested in the case.
The city had in December witnessed a series of protest after the December 16 gangrape of the girl, who died in Singapore on December 29.
The government had then initiated several measures to ensure safety of women in the city.
One gang-rape, four rapes in Delhi
In five separate cases, a woman was allegedly gang-raped in a moving car while four minors were raped here, police said Wednesday.
In the first incident, a 25-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four people in a moving car in east Delhi's Welcome area on Monday night.
The woman, who is separated from her husband and searching for a job, was spotted by a police patrol van near a dust bin in an unconscious state.
She was rushed to the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital where her condition is stated to be out of danger.
Police said the woman had asked Yashdev, an accused, to help her in getting a job and on Monday evening, he called her in the pretext of offering her a job.
When she reached, three of his friends joined him and allegedly offered her drinks laced with sedatives, they said quoting the woman. Yashdev was arrested after a medical examination confirmed rape.
The second incident was reported from Anand Vihar area where an-eight-year-old girl was found in a pool of blood Wednesday morning. The girl was taken to a hospital. Rape was confirmed after a medical examination.
In the third incident, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped at knife-point by a 16-year-old minor here in the city Tuesday in east Delhi's Gokulpuri area. A case regarding the incident has been registered.
Another case came into light in which a 12-year-old Class 9 girl was allegedly raped by her 14-year-old relative on February 27 in west Delhi's Ranhola area. A case regarding the incident was reported March 5 after the girl narrated the incident to her family members five days later. The accused has been detained and sent to juvenile justice home, said the officer.
The fifth incident was reported last week from east Delhi's New Ashok Nagar area from where a 14-year-old minor was detained and sent to juvenile justice home for allegedly raping his two cousin sisters aged between 8 and 12 in October 2012.
New Delhi: At a time when the world is gearing up to observe International Women’s Day, Delhi is yet to come out of the shadow crime against women.