Instances of crimes against women in the Capital have not dropped despite the various measures adopted by the Delhi Police. This revelation came after an extensive ‘crime mapping’ exercise conducted in the city. The report red-flagged 44 vulnerable areas as being prone to crimes against women.
In a report submitted by the Delhi Police, 1,531 cases of rape, 3,073 cases of assault against women, 913 cases of harassment, and 2,650 cases of kidnapping of women were reported in the city until September 15 this year.
Malviya Nagar and Mehrauli were on the top when it came the molestation of women. The two spots also featured in areas with highest number of harassment cases.
The report did not go down well with the Delhi High Court, which is monitoring the situation. A bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the Delhi Police to haul up the station house officers and assistant commissioners of police of the 44 ‘red-flagged’ areas.
The crime mapping, which was a first-of-its-kind effort to scientifically deal with the problem, had yielded positive results in terms of the data acquired on instances of rapes, molestation of women, and harasmment and the pockets where crimes of such nature occur more frequently than others.
However, the action taken so far by Delhi police in terms of better policing, gender sensitisation and public awareness programmes has not helped in bringing down crimes against women, the Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) said.
The DSLSA has proposed to open legal service clinics (LSCs) at all the identified 44 police stations in eight districts to help women and girls who are victims of sexual assault, rape, molestation, and eve teasing.
It also stretched upon the need for sensitisation of schoolboys, regular parent-teacher meetings (PTM) in government schools to check cases of harassment of schoolgirls. The HC has posted the case for further hearing on October 15.