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Pune police trying to downplay increasing sex crimes?

Even as they continue to step up vigilance to arrest an alarming rise in sex crimes in the city, Pune Police have drawn flak from women's groups for purportedly seeking to downplay the issue.

india Updated: May 08, 2010 11:41 IST

Even as they continue to step up vigilance to arrest an alarming rise in sex crimes in the city, Pune Police have drawn flak from women's groups for purportedly seeking to downplay the issue.

What has agitated the women activists is a survey released by police, which claims that as per their statistics over 70 per cent of the rape cases were filed belatedly by the victims who first agreed to consensual sex act and later chose to file complaints when the promise of marriage was not kept by the accused men.

Addressing a meeting of women's organisations convened here last week to discuss security measures being implemented by police to curb sex crimes, a senior police official contended that a majority of rape cases registered were "fall out of love affairs".

Complaints in such episodes were lodged after considerable delay and this made the job of gathering evidence difficul for the investigators, he argued.

This contention was later supported by DCP (Crime) Anil Kumbhare citing statistics over the last couple of years.

The officials claimed that the statistics showed cases of harassment filed by women had actually dropped in the city.

However, the police claim has not gone down well with representatives of women who have raised doubts over the conclusions drawn by the law enforcing machinery.