Over 30% of the accused in rape cases are neighbours of the victims, a study conducted by police after the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman last week has revealed.
The police study, which showed that 25% of the accused were friends of the victims, also found that almost 90% of the cases took place in homes, which the force cannot prevent. The study comes in a year the number of rapes in the Capital has reached a record high (661 till December 15).
“Of the 661 rapes, 591 took place at the homes of either the accused or the victims. Another 23 took place in jhuggi clusters,” a senior police officer, requesting anonymity, said.
In 2005, the number of rape cases in Delhi had reached 660, earning the city the ignominious tag of the country’s “rape capital”. The number this year is expected to rise further.
The number had slumped to 452 in 2009. Last year, there were 572 rape cases in the Capital. Only 25 of them were not known to the victim.
In 2012, of the 661 victims, 55 were aged between two and seven years, 50 were aged between seven and 12 years and a majority (around 300) aged between 16 and 18 years.