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Delhi fails to keep its women safe

delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2010 02:21 IST
Karan Choudhury
Karan Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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Safety was the last thing that the Capital managed to provide to the women in the city this year.

In the last two months, the city saw four gangrape cases with the Delhi Police registered, on an average, one rape case almost everyday.

The third quarter of the year witnessed a sudden spurt of rapes in the city which was the highest in the corresponding period in last three years. According to Delhi Police records, there has been a 35% rise in the number of rape cases registered in the city this year as compared to last three years.

The Delhi police claim that while the number of rape cases dipped in the last two years, 2010 saw a sharp rise.

"There has been an increase in the number of rapes in the city but we have taken a lot of steps to prevent such incidents. We have made arrests in all the cases of rapes that were reported," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.

Though in the last few cases the rapists did not know the victim, the police claim that in most of the cases the accused were known to the victims. "In nearly 80% of the cases the accused knew the victim. But we are taking steps to ensure women's safety," added the officer.

Till October this year, about 397 cases of rapes were registered in the city. But the figure increased in the last two months with about 25 cases of rape registered in various parts of the city.

The police are now trying to secure the city for women working in graveyard shifts. "After the rape of a 19-year-old woman employee and the recent Dhaula Kuan rape, we have taken a lot measures to ensure that women employees reach home safely. These measures will be permanent," added the officer.

The police have also increased vigil around North and South Campus to ensure the safety of women students. Shocking figures