A bunch of stringent rape laws, brought into effect after the December 16 gang-rape case, has done little to prevent crimes against women in Delhi.
The city police have registered a significant increase in the number of rape and molestation cases last year, with rape cases seeing a jump by around 31% and molestation cases shooting up by 24.93%.
Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi, however, attributed this to the free registration of FIRs for all crimes that he has ordered to all Station House Officers in the city. Bassi also said that with 24x7 women helpdesks and women centric helplines (attended by women officers), more victims had started gaining confidence to come forward and file their complaints.
Figures released by the Delhi Police indicate that in every four hours a woman is raped in the city. In 2013, the rape cases registered in Delhi was 1,571 while this year the figure has shot up to 2,069. With the increase in the number of cases, the workload of the force in solving the cases has also increased. But the cops have still managed to solve more than 80% of the rape cases in 2014. According to figures, of the 2,069 cases registered, the force has solved around 1,667 cases. The remaining 402 cases are still pending investigation.
On the other hand only 2807 molestation - of the 4179 -cases registered have been solved.
According to official figures, there were 586 cases of rape (28.32% of all rape cases in 2014) in which the victim was refused marriage by her live-in partner. The accused in nearly half the cases were either friends or family friends of the victim.
In 84 cases, which accounts for 4.06% of all rape cases, the accused was unknown or a stranger to the victim.
Explaining the increase in rape cases, Bassi said that a 'complete overhaul of the male mind set by inculcating right values' was the need of the hour. While this would take some time, Bassi added, the police in the meanwhile would train women in self defence, with the aim that every woman has a brown belt in judo. He said that the police had conducted a security audit of 405 paying guest accommodations and 255 vulnerable routes were been kept under watch.
Last year, at least 11,000 women had used the police helpline number 100 and the women's helpline number 1091. The past year also saw 49,717 women using the anti-stalking and obscene calls helpline number (1096).
"It is not that crimes against women have increased. The jump in figures is because more women are coming forward these days to register their complaints," Bassi told the reporters.