The police in Rohtak range - comprising Panipat, Jhajjar, Rohtak and Sonepat districts - have claimed that despite a spike in reports of rape, the number of such heinous crimes has come down as compared to last year.
Ever since the rape of a 16-year-old Dalit girl at Dabra village of Hisar district grabbed headlines on September 9, followed by at least two more similar incidents in Rohtak, the police have been under attack for allegedly not doing enough.
But senior police officials in Rohtak range don't see anything unusual in six rape cases in less than one month. "There is a decline in the number of cases registered under section 376 (rape) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) till October 3 this year, compared to the corresponding period last year," said Alok Mittal, inspector general of police (IGP), Rohtak range, adding, "We had registered 130 rape cases by this time last year, while we have barely 100 cases this year."
In Rohtak district specifically, according to superintendent of police (SP) Vivek Sharma, there were 49 rape cases by October 3 last year, while there have been only 33 such cases this time."
From Jhajjar, the data is 32 rape cases till October 3 last year, as compared to 12 by now this year.
Panipat SP KK Rao said, "There are nine cases less this year, compared to 39 rape cases in the corresponding time last year."
And Sonepat police, too, have data to prove that they have registered 25 cases this year so far, compared 30 till this time in 2011.
A senior police official said, "Rape is a heinous crime which should be stopped at any. And figures show that there is a decline."
It is pertinent to mention that Karnal district was also part of the Rohtak range before being taken out in October 2011. Hence the comparative data excludes the number of rape cases registered in Karnal.