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Deterrence will be the real tribute

delhi Updated: Dec 30, 2012 02:30 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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Nothing has changed.

The national outrage and hysteria that the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman in the national Capital sparked notwithstanding, the business of crimes against women continued unabated in Delhi.

More than 20 women were raped, including a three-year-old playschool student, in Delhi after December 16 — the day on which the physiotherapist was brutalised by six men on board a moving bus.

A clueless Delhi Police, which was put on the defensive after the crackdown on the protesters at India Gate last Sunday, are yet to initiate measures to bring down the north-bound graph of crimes against women.

Top police officers often defend themselves claiming that in rape cases the victim is known to the accused, thus it cannot be prevented. According to an analysis by the Delhi Police, of the 661 rapes that took place till December 15 this year, 591 occurred inside the house of either the accused or victim. In 30 per cent of the cases, the accused were neighbours of the victims.

It was in the year 2005 that Delhi got the tag of 'rape capital' when the number of rape cases reached 660. The national Capital has improved its dubious record this year. The number came down to 452 in 2009, but since then the cases are again on the rise and from 572 cases last year, it has reached to 661. A detailed analysis of the accused arrested in rape cases have revealed that only 25 of them are not known to the victim.

"We have worked out 94 % of the cases and arrested 809 persons in 621 cases. Neighbours were the accused in 202 cases while in 170 cases relative or the friend of the victim committed rape," said a senior police officer. According to police, accused included father, step-father, ex-husband, uncle, landlords and employers.

In 2012, of the 661 victims, 55 were in the age group of 2-7 years, 50 were between 7-12 years and the majority (300) was in the age group of 16-18 years. According to police, 390 victims lived in slums and belonged to lower strata of society and 270 are from middle class families. "Only one victim is from upper class," he added.

A senior police officer claimed that in order to enhance confidence of the public, including women, special measures have been introduced. "These include creation of women-staffed police stations at north and south campuses and deployment of PCR vans near women colleges," he added.