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Capital shame: 3 children raped every day in Delhi; experts blame mindset, porn

Citing the example of an 18-year-old offender, Juvenile Justice lawyer Anant Kumar Asthana explained how the offender regretted his actions but said pornography had left him with an urge he was unable to control.

delhi Updated: Nov 03, 2017 12:49 IST
Shubhomoy Sikdar
According to latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 927 children were raped in the national capital in 2015, which boils down to 2.5 rapes per day.
According to latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 927 children were raped in the national capital in 2015, which boils down to 2.5 rapes per day.(Illustration: Aastha Mittal)

Nearly three children are raped everyday in the national capital according to the latest data of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). HT spoke to a cross section of policemen, child rights activists and juvenile justice lawyers who identified some of the causes — such as mindset and consumption of pornography — which leave children vulnerable to such crimes.

Bharati Ali, from HAQ Centre for Child Rights, said the root cause of high juvenile rape instances is the mindset of the people. She said more efforts need to be put into reforming people and changing their mindset.

Juvenile Justice lawyer Anant Kumar Asthana, who has dealt with many such cases in the past, said that what separates Delhi from less urbanised or rural areas is a huge migrant population with no community participation. This, he said, takes away the secondary safety net that a child has in villages or even small towns.

On recent rape trends, both said that consumption of pornography by offenders is also a major factor.

Citing the example of an 18-year-old offender, Asthana explained how the offender regretted his actions but said pornography had left him with an urge he was unable to control.

“It is not just about nuclear families. Many victims are from families where both parents go out to leaving them under the care and protection of neighbours, who usually are not as vigilant as one’s own parents would be. This gives an opportunity to those on the prowl to assault children,” said Asthana.

“Also, these numbers may just be a fraction of the overall numbers as reporting rapes is still a taboo. That is again an area where work is needed to educate people to come and report cases even more so that they themselves desist,” she said.

Wednesday’s incident where an 18-month-old was abducted and sexually assaulted by her 33-year-old neighbour in Aman Vihar serves as a gruesome reminder of the extent of the problem. Stakeholders said that despite efforts of government agencies, factors aiding such crimes — from poor conviction rates to lack of awareness and community support – continue to thrive as ever.

Capital shamed again
Delhi Police statistics till September 30 last year show that at least one girl was raped every 12 hours
CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN
From home to school and neighbours to cousins — no safe quarters for girls
October 4: A housekeeping staff allegedly raped a six-year-old girl in a washroom of a private school in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar
September 20: A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in central Delhi’s Raigarpura
July 5: A seven-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered allegedly by her 25-year-old neighbour in northeast Delhi’s Usmanpur
June 10: An 11-year-old girl was gangraped allegedly by her two cousins in outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri
May 5: A 15-year-old mentally unstable girl was kidnapped and raped allegedly by her 22-year-old neighbour in Govindpuri
May 4: A 3-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her neighbour in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat
February 23: A four-year-old girl was raped and murdered allegedly by her 16-year-old neighbour at a building construction site in Narela
January 10: A 15-year-old homeless girl was gangraped multiple times allegedly by a group of five teenagers over a period of several months at different isolated spaces around the Mayur Vihar-I Metro station in east Delhi

According to latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data available, 927 children were raped in the national capital in 2015, which boils down to 2.5 rapes per day.

Poor deterrence was also highlighted as a factor by experts. DCW chairsperson Swati Maliwal said she has been long requesting the Centre to constitute the high-level committee, which meets twice a month to work on issues of women safety but those were unheard. The commission in the past has also blamed the police for shoddy investigations and the numbers anyway show the low conviction rate.

Last year, the Delhi High Court had also emphasised on the need of more special courts and special prosecutors for such cases as the lack was leading to delayed trials.

Among other things, Asthana advocated that self defence training and community participation in ensuring proper care were also important to keep a check on such crimes.