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Rapes go up by 158% this year, most culprits known to victims

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 22, 2013
First Published: 22:14 IST(22/4/2013) | Last Updated: 12:35 IST(8/9/2013)

Neighbours, friends and lovers have emerged as the main culprits in rape cases that have taken across Delhi till April 15 this year.

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Of the 463 rape cases reported this year, 178 were committed by either friends or lovers. Neighbours of victims were involved in 115 cases.

The year has also seen a surge in crime against women. There has been a 158% increase in cases of rape while molestation incidents have witnessed a three-fold rise. Cases of "eve-teasing" have increased four times.

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According to statistics released by Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday, the city reported 463 cases of rape this year till April 15 as against 179 in the same period last year.

Molestation cases rose by 600 per cent this year - from 139 to 973 cases. "Eve-teasing" cases increased by 783.67 per cent - from 49 to 433.

Kumar attributed the rise to better registration of cases. "This shows that the earlier tendency of dissuading women complainants has dramatically changed post December 16 (gang rape)," he said.

"Is it humanely possible for the police to prevent a case like this (the rape of five-year-old girl) when somebody lures a girl into a room (and rape her). Rapes are opportunistic crimes confined to private space," he added.

An analysis by the police suggests that in 15 cases, the accused were employers or co-workers, family members in 12 cases, fathers in 10 and step fathers in two cases, husbands and ex-husbands in nine. In nine cases, brothers-in-law were involved while fathers-in-law were culprits in two cases.

Eight landlords, three tenants, five cousins, three teachers, two doctors and a tantric were also found involved.

According to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), in 94% of the rape cases across the country, the offenders were known to the victims. 10.6% rape victims were under 14 years, while 19% were teenagers.


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