Six rapes and 14 molestation cases have been reported every day in the first four months of 2014, according to data provided by Delhi police.
The police, however, claimed to have solved almost 90% of the cases and arrested the accused. According to a recent compilation of data by the Delhi police, 616 rapes and 1,336 molestation cases were registered in the period between January 1 and April 30 this year -- a 36% increase in rape cases compared to around 450 cases registered in the same period last year.
Cases of molestation recorded in the same corresponding period show a similar rise with over 1,000 registered cases. Police said over 89% cases of rape and molestation reported in the first four months have been solved and the accused have been arrested.
In 2013, a total of 1,559 rape and 3,347 molestation cases were registered as compared to 680 rape and 653 incidents of molestation in 2012.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ashok Chand said the increase in the number of cases against women is due to police following the “zero tolerance policy”.
“Every case against women is being registered on priority basis,” Chand said.
According National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Delhi registered the highest 568 cases of rape in the country followed by 218 in Mumbai in 2011.