If women don’t feel safe in Delhi, they have a reason to fear.
Every fifth rape in 53 major cities of India took place in the National Capital, earning the city the dubious tag of being the country’s rape capital.
Of 3,025 rapes in 53 major cities of India in 2012, about 19.34 % took place in Delhi. A year earlier, Delhi’s contribution to total rapes in these cities was 17.6%.
The year 2012 — when anger over the gang rape of 23-year-old spilled on to the streets across India — saw the number of rape cases registered in Delhi increasing to 706 from 572 in 2011.
The furore pushed the government to enact stricter punishment for crime against women through an ordinance.
The latest National Crime Records Bureau report shows that across the country, a woman got raped every 20 minutes in 2012 with total cases registered being 24,923.
The most rapes were reported from Madhya Pradesh, followed by Rajasthan and West Bengal. Among cities, Mumbai ranked two on reporting highest number of rape cases (232) followed by Jaipur (134) and Indore (125).
And it is not just sexual crimes such as rape, there has been an all out increase in crimes against women, raising a question over the efficacy of laws to protect them.
The total number of cases of crimes against women in the country saw a staggering rise of over 15,000 over the past year. The biggest contributing factor in this category was from cruelty by husbands and relatives.
The most incidences of crime against women were reported in West Bengal (30,942), followed by Andhra Pradesh (28,171) and Rajasthan (21,106), with these three states contributing to almost 33% of all crime against women in the country in 2012.