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Crime capital: A rape every 4 hours, a molestation every 2 hours

Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 15, 2014
First Published: 01:39 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 02:09 IST(15/3/2014)

The list of promises and measures put in place by Delhi Police after the barbaric December 16 gang rape case have not yielded results as the capital continues to see a rise in crimes against women.

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A woman is raped every four hours, while a case of molestation is reported every two hours in Delhi, latest crime figures accessed by HT reveal. The figures pertain to crime against women that took place from January 1 to February 28, 2014.

In 2013, during the same period, one rape case was reported every six hours while one molestation happened every four hours. The first two months of the previous year saw an unprecedented rise in cases of rape and molestation cases being reported to the police. The rise was attributed to the huge public outcry over the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic in a moving bus.

From opening of a women’s help desk at police stations to starting an exclusive helpline, the police had taken up a number of initiatives.

According to latest figures, a total of 314 cases of rape were reported in the first two months of 2014 -- an average of six cases every day.

Similarly, in the last two months, 676 cases of molestation were registered, which means 11 cases every day.

In 2013, a total of four rape cases were reported every day to the police in the same period while the number of molestation cases stood at nine. Overall, 245 rape cases and 559 molestation cases were reported between January and February 2013.

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Be it the gang rape of a Danish woman or the shocking story of a 32-year-old woman who was raped by her father for over 12 years, the city witnessed several sensational cases of crime against women.

While the crime graph against women rises, there has been a decline in the percentage of such cases being solved from the previous year.

In the first two months of 2013, the police had solved over 75% rape and 88% molestation cases.

But in comparison, the current year’s figures reveal that only 69% cases of rape and 61% cases of molestation have been solved, putting a question mark on the claims of Delhi Police that they are serious and sensitive about crimes related to women.


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