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A capital unsafe for women

Delhi has witnessed 25 cases of rape and 42 molestations in the past one month. Ironically, all this is happening in a city that boasts of a 75,000-strong police force. What are the police, government and citizens doing? Karan Choudhury and Jatin Anand ask. Tell us how can we make Delhi safe | Protecting yourself against rape

delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2011 14:30 IST

Fear is what rules the Capital, not of terrorists or hardened criminals, but of known faces or random people on the road who might turn into sexual predators.

Women cannot walk on the streets without the fear of being abducted, raped or slashed by any maniac.

Children cannot play without the fear of falling prey to paedophiles, like in Monday's case when a guard and a gym caretaker allegedly attempted to rape an 11-year-old girl in front of her 10-year-old brother. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/09_02_11_metro_8.jpg

The two accused did not have any past criminal records and targeted the two children randomly.

This is not all, the city in the last one month has witnessed as many as 25 cases of rapes and 42 cases of molestations, which means that on an average there are two molestations and one rape reported every day.

Sadly, the city was the safest for women last year for just 15-whole days.

Ironically what kept the women safe from rapists on the prowl was the security cover provided for Commonwealth Games that was to keep terrorists and other troublemakers at bay.

All this is happening in a city that boasts of a 75,000-strong police force.

Why is the city unsafe?
Delhi police have time and again claimed that rape is a crime of opportunity and in more than 90% of the cases, the victims were known to the accused.

What they fail to mention is the fact that even after repeatedly impressing upon the value of beat policing, they fail to understand its importance.

Dhaula Kuan, where repeatedly sex- related crimes have been taking place still lacks proper beat policing.

On Sunday, a drunk man in Dhaula Kuan area in south Delhi allegedly molested a 25-year-old woman who works at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. No one from the police picket came to her rescue even as the man misbehaved with her.

According to Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta, all possible measures are being taken to ensure the safety of women in the city.

"A lot many measures have been taken, including the setting up a woman's police station to the training of woman police commandoes. Rape cases can be controlled only by speedy trials. We are trying to get fast- track courts set up just to deal with rape cases," Gupta said.

Tell us how we can make Delhi safe