Southeast Delhi has emerged as the rape district of the Capital, with seven rapes being reported every month.
This district - which comprises upscale residential colonies such as New Friends Colony, Greater Kailash, CR Park and border areas such as Badarpur, Jaitpur, Jamia Nagar and Govind Puri - has been reporting the maximum number of rapes in the city for five years in a row.
According to figures provided by the Delhi Police in response to a question in the state assembly on Tuesday, 434 rape cases were registered in southeast Delhi between 2008 and March 15 this year.In 2012, too, three police stations in the district (Govind Puri, Sangam Vihar and Jaitpur) had featured in the worst 10 list.
Two horrifying incidents involving minors have occurred in the area in the past one week alone.
On Monday, an eight-year-old girl was raped in Sangam Vihar, and an 11-year-old was raped by her neighbour in Okhla last Thursday.
While this raises the issue of the safety of girls and women in the area, the reasoning of the police is different.
"The increase in figures is the result of more people coming forward to register cases. They are free to come to police stations and file complaints," Ajay Chaudhry, additional commissioner of police (southeast), said.
Outer Delhi is the worst in terms of murder figures, with areas close to the Haryana border - such as Rohini, Narela, Pitampura, Alipur, Bawana and Sultanpuri - reporting 441 cases in the same period.
The police attributed the spike in crime figures to Delhi's population explosion and insisted that crime per lakh of population has in fact gone down.
"The mushrooming of unplanned colonies - where 65% of the city's population lives - is a critical factor behind the increase," a Delhi Police officer said.