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Delhiites rise to rein in molesters

Their vigilance has helped thwart six cases of crime against women in past five days, Karn Pratap Singh reports.
Hindustan Times | By Karn Pratap Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2013 02:03 AM IST

Even as justice awaits the 23-year-old woman, her barbaric gangrape has at least made Delhiites more vigilant when it comes to reporting incidents of crime against women.

After the December 16 gangrape and the subsequent protests, the Capital has witnessed a rise in calls of crime against women being made to the police control room (PCR). And this newfound alertness of Delhiites has also helped in thwarting at least six cases of crime against women in the past five days.

More than 25 calls were made to the PCR regarding the molestation and kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl on Saturday. The phones continued to ring even after the victim was rescued and the accused were arrested.

The alertness of the neighbours of a 24-year-old in Bawana saved her from the clutches of five men, who had tried to abduct her after molesting her in her house.

While 565 calls pertaining to sexual harassment -- 35 calls on an average every day -- were received at the PCR between December 17 and January 2, 135 such calls were made in the past three days. Before the December 16 incident, the PCR used to receive 20-25 such calls every day.

Top Delhi police officers have welcomed this change in attitude despite the fact that the calls have kept their men on their toes. "It's good that the society is giving due importance to crimes against women. At our end, we too are giving utmost importance and priority to such calls," said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (operations).

After December 16, Delhi Police have received 501 calls of molestation and eve-teasing and 64 calls of rape. Of the 64 calls pertaining to rape, 37 were made in the past three days.

Of the total sexual harassment and rape calls, a senior police officer said, action was taken on 135 calls. Reasons such as fake calls, calls made out of vengeance or the caller being untraceable were cited for not taking action in the remaining cases. In some of the incidents, complainants preferred not to pursue the matter.

The vigilant approach of Delhiites can be gauged from the fact that in the past four days the number of rape calls has gone up drastically. According to the statistics of the Delhi Police, while on December 30, Delhi Police received only one such call, they received eight such calls the next day. On January 1, this number rose to 12 while on January 2, it was 17.

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