Shocking figures submitted by the police to the Delhi high court have revealed that of the 1,704 cases of rape registered in the Capital in the first 10 months of this year, 215 were instances of incestuous rape. More disturbingly, in 43 of these cases it was the father who committed the crime and in 27 cases it was the brother.
In one case the accused turn out to be the victim’s grandfather and in another 23 rape cases the stepfather was the accused.
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The figures demonstrate that in most rape cases, the offender was a known person to the victim. Father-in-law’s were found involved in eight cases, son-in-law in three cases, and brother-in-law in 74 cases.
Not only this, uncle or maternal uncle were involved in 32 cases, and in four cases the accused turn out to be a cousin. And it wasn’t only immediate family members that preyed upon women.
In 352 cases, the neighbour was the accused and in another 83 cases a family friend had a role. Tutors or instructors were involved in 24 cases while five cases were registered against a priest or tantric. Friends were the perpetrators in a staggering 642 cases.
Of the 1,613 people arrested in these cases, 116 were illiterate and 570 were school dropouts, 122 were juveniles and 23 accused were above 50 years of age.
There were 1,711 victims in total of which four victims were below two years of age, 115 victims were between the age group of 2 to 7 years and 127 between 7 to 12 years.
The Delhi police said it was taking all necessary steps to make registration of crime hassle free so that victims can come forward to report the crime without hesitation. It claimed that reporting of crime against women has gone up substantially in recent times due to their efforts.
Now women officers in civil dresses directly visit the victim in hospitals to record statement and take up investigation, it said. “Victims do not have to visit police station,” it added.