Capital leads in crime against women, again: NCRB report
As per the figures compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the Capital is merely following its usual trajectory of domestic abuse cases.delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2011 01:17 IST
A 36-year-old mother of three died after her husband landed her a fatal blow over a minor argument in east Delhi last week.
Two days later, a 20-year-old, mother to an eight-month-old daughter, set herself on fire after the end of an alleged, two-year dowry harassment drama in southeast Delhi's Sangam Vihar.
The month of June has seen many such similar horror stories about violent crimes perpetrated against women by their own loved ones.
However, as per the figures compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the Capital is merely following its usual trajectory of domestic abuse cases.
"Among 35 cities in this country, Delhi leads in almost all categories of violent crimes like rape, abduction and even dowry deaths reported in 2009," said a senior police officer. According to the report, as many as 1,379 cases of abduction were reported in Delhi as opposed to a paltry two in Bengaluru and 434 in Mumbai.The same year, the Capital, also bore silent witness to 104 dowry deaths and 1,177 cases of cruelty by husband(s).
In a bizarre case bearing a stark resemblance to the recovery of a newly-wed woman's body from southeast Delhi's Millennium Park in May, a 35-year-old mother of two was found murdered deep in a Safdurjung Enclave park on June 9.
In yet another case, Sadhuram, 49, stabbed his 40-year-old wife, Rajjo, to death on June 22. He suspected that Rajjo had an illicit affair in northeast Delhi's Harsh Vihar.
Two days later, 36-year-old Shaheen met the same, albeit more brutal, fate.
"Her husband, Firasat Hussain, had a minor argument with her. First he hit her on the head with an iron pan to neutralise her and then stabbed her with the kitchen knife at least seven times, before informing the local police about the incident. What is this if not pure animalistic rage?" the officer asked.
On their part, the police insist that they are doing the best with the resources they have-a single counsellor manning one domestic crisis management centre in each district and four at their nodal headquarters at the Special Protection Unit (Women and Children) at Nanakpura.
"The victims of abuse have to approach us, apprise us of the abuse they are being subjected to before we can intervene," the officer added.
According to Delhi Police figures, at least 35 women approached them for help in resolving domestic disputes everyday in the year 2010.
Of the 5,000 requests received, the police were able to reunite couple in just 1,500 cases.