Even as Delhi Police chief BK Gupta was pointing to the falling incidence of rape in the Capital in his half-yearly review on Saturday, July 2, Delhi’s predators were having a free run, ruining that very record.
In a period of about 48 hours, from the evening to July 1 to the morning of July 3, five rapes and an attempted molestation were reported from the city.These included the case of an eight-year-old girl who was allegedly sodomised by her 25-year-old tutor in outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar area. Ironically, at the time the victim was recording her statement at the police station, the police chief was making his presentation to the media.
On July 1, a 10-year-old girl was alleged sexually assaulted by her juvenile cousin at a construction site in northwest Delhi’s Maurya Enclave area.
The same day, a 21-year-old married woman filed a complaint that she had been regularly raped for a full month by her 23-year-old ‘friend’ in outer Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy. On July 3, a 16-year-old girl was abducted, raped and filmed by three boys in a moving Maruti van in north Delhi’s Subzi Mandi.
Another 16-year-old girl was abducted by a neighbour from her home in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar, taken to Panipat and allegedly raped.
The police, in their defence, said most of these crimes were committed by people known to the victims. “They fall in the non-preventable category and took place either at, or near, the victims’ homes,” said additional DCP Rajan Bhagat. The police have arrested all those involved in these crimes.
Gupta had said rape cases had seen a decline of 11% in the first six months of the year. In 2010, 289 cases were reported till June 30, while this year 258 cases were reported in the same period. This year, the police have solved 94% of rape cases.