In the latest report of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Delhi tops the chart among 35 Indian cities on crime against children.
According to the report, Delhi recorded 852 cases of violence against children in 2005 and contributed a little over 27 per cent of the total incidents recorded all through that year.
"The number of crimes against children has increased because of lack of social security to children," said Rajib Haldar, director Prayas, a non governmental organisation.
"If crime against children has increased in the capital then it is the failure of the law enforcement agencies, government and civil society who have not been able to protect the child rights," said Haldar.
He expressed no surprise on the findings of the NCRB because Delhi is only city in the country where over five per cent of children live on the streets.
The NCRB report is based on the input collected from different state police. The report revealed the national capital is followed by Indore with 448 incidents, Pune with 314 incidents and Mumbai with 303 cases of violence against children.
The report also indicates a difference of 13 per cent between the capital and the second placed Indore in this regard.
Apart from these four cities, other places like Kolkata, Hyderabad, Nagpur, and Ahmedabad are also on the list of the cities cruel towards children.
"The increase in crime against children also indicates a high percentage of people migrating to these towns. Every year over 500,000 people settle in the capital," he said.
He added the high rate of incidents also indicate young children have a high exposure to criminal elements in the society.
The sensitisation of the capital's police force besides different government measures to protect children from violence have so far proved insufficient, the director added.
"The reporting of high incidence of crime against children is a sign of the proactive role of police. We have sensitised the personnel on the issues relating to child rights so that prompt action could be taken to stop such incidents," said Deependra Pathak, additional commissioner of police.
"There is no panic but the police would study these data and would analyse the causes and take steps to curb such cases of violence against children," the official assured.