Police commissioner Arup Patnaik on Tuesday released the crime statistics for 2011, and as reported by Hindustan Times in December, violence against women has risen compared to the year before.
The police, however, insist that this does not mean the city has become less safe for women, as most of these crimes were committed by acquaintances, making them difficult to preempt and prevent.
A break-up of the figures shows that of the 219 rape cases reported in the city last year, in only 13 cases were the alleged perpetrators strangers. In the rest, the accused were either relatives or were known to the victims.
Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said that if the number of rape cases reported is considered an indicator of crimes against women, there has been a marginal rise compared to 2010, when 192 women were raped — a rise of 27 cases.
He said that of the 219 rapes reported last year, in the bulk of them (100), the perpetrators knew the victims. “This negates the perception that women are not safe in the city, as their vulnerability is more from their acquaintances than strangers,” Roy said, adding that these crimes were committed by people like milkmen, masons and employers.
These were followed by instances of rape by entrapment by lovers and friends (63), some women being lured through social networking sites, Roy said. The rest of the rapes were committed by neighbours (26) and relatives (9). Six cases of incestuous rape were reported.
Patnaik said that the police are dealing with the perpetrators of violence against women with zero tolerance.