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City women faced worst time this year

Over the past five years, things have gone from bad to worse with 2010 being the worst year for women in the Capital. As many as 10 women were allegedly abducted and gangraped while walking on the streets of Delhi this year. Karan Choudhury reports. 2010: A year of crime against women | Better to be safe than sorry

delhi Updated: Nov 29, 2010 00:50 IST
Karan Choudhury

Over the past five years, things have gone from bad to worse with 2010 being the worst year for women in the Capital.

Delhi police figures say it all.

As many as 10 women were allegedly abducted and gangraped while walking on the streets of the Capital this year.

As per police records, the city witnessed 22 cases of abduction and rape in the last five-years. Alarmingly, out of these 22 cases, 10 incidents, including the most recent Dhaula Kuan, occurred this year .

There has been a rise in the number of such cases. Most of the victims are working women who are either returning home or going to graveyard shifts. Young students of Delhi University (DU) have also been the target.

According to police, there has been a rise in the number of cases this year across the city.

"We have seen a spurt in incidents in which women were abducted and then raped. In the past five years, this sort of crime had decreased. But the spate of recent incidents have again showed that such crimes are on the rise," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Police said most of the victims were alone on secluded stretches during the time of incident.

"The first incident of this kind happened in 2003, when a Swiss diplomat was kidnapped and raped. Then in 2005, the Dhaula Kuan rape case. But after that there was a decline in such cases."