How safe are women in the National Capital Region (NCR)? Just one month into 2011, Delhi and NCR region have already witnessed a spurt in the incidents of gangrapes and molestations.
Figures available with the police in the NCR region portray a grim picture. In Delhi, more than one rape has occurred every 48 hours since January 1 (there were a total of 25 rapes in this period). In Ghaziabad, there were seven rapes, in which while one rape victim was killed by the accused, another victim was brutally stabbed since January 1.
In Gurgaon, BPOs and the police blamed each other for the spurt in sexual crime against working women. A BPO employee was recently molested at the same spot in Dhaula Kuan from where a woman was abducted and raped two months ago.
In January 2009, 11 men in the age group of 18-25 years, had allegedly abducted and gangraped a 24-year-old MBA student in Noida.
The bike-borne accused — members of a local cricket team, with no criminal case(s) against them, and having educational background ranging from higher secondary to graduation — had targeted the victim when she was with a male companion in a car at a desolate place.
Experts blame the spurt in sexual crimes to various factors.
"Policing is currently weak in the NCR region. Some criminals feel they have the clout to get away or the police won't be able to track them, simply. This has led to the spurt in sexual crimes in these areas," said Prakash Singh, former director general, BSF and the former chief of Uttar Pradesh police.
Singh said another contributory region was the omniscience of sex in the society these days.
"There is too much sex in media and the films, it is sex that drives both."
In Gurgaon, BPO employees demand more "effective, adequate policing."
"According to transportation companies ferrying employees, many parts of the city is isolated and the employees feel unsafe going from those routes. The transporters have prepared a list of such points which was given to local police. Police pickets are needed at those points," said a BPO executive who requested anonymity.
On the other hand, a Gurgaon police official blamed the BPO management for not doing enough for their women employees's security.
Ghaziabad police's Senior Superintendent of Police Raghubir Lal said, "Most accused involved in cases of sexual offences (in our record), had acquired quick money from land compensations. And these people don't respect women."