Most rapes in Mumbai on Bandra-Andheri stretch
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Most rapes in Mumbai on Bandra-Andheri stretch

With 199 rape cases registered, the region accounts for more than one-fourth of the 752 rape cases registered in the city.

mumbai Updated: Jan 31, 2018 00:11 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Mumbai, Hndustan Times
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Prime areas like Bandra (in picture), Santacruz and Versova saw 13 rape cases being registered in 2017. (File)

The Bandra-Andheri belt is home to the crème-de-la-crème of Mumbai: from Bollywood stars to the rich and famous industrialists and businessmen, all have their homes here. But this popular tinsel town hub also had the dubious distinction of recording one-fourth of Mumbai’s rape cases in 2017.

With 199 rape cases registered, the region accounts for more than one-fourth of the 752 rape cases registered across the city.

Arun Chavan, assistant commissioner of police for four police stations (DN Nagar, Oshiwara, Amboli and Versova), told HT, “There was just one case at Amboli where the accused was a stranger. In all the other cases, the accused were known to the victim. Most of the rape cases last year were registered by women who were filing cases against their live-in partners. There are one or two cases of date rape. Even in POCSO cases, there were runaway cases, but under the law it does not matter.”

Oshiwara turned out to be one of the most notorious areas with 26 cases and Powai followed with 18. Prime areas like Bandra, Santacruz and Versova saw 13 cases being registered.

A police officer from Oshiwara police station said, “Most of these rape cases were committed under false pretext of marriage or were registered against live-in partners. In none of these cases, the accused was a stranger. The only exception is rape cases involving minors because the consent does not matter there at all.”

While commenting on the trend, Mumbai police spokesman, Deepak Devraj, said that the West region covers a vast area, having three police zones within its jurisdiction. “Also the figures are high because we are sincerely registering offences,” said Devraj.

Advocate Audrey D’Mello, also the director of Majlis, pointed out two major reasons for rise in rape cases.

“After the 2012 Delhi gang rape, a new law for crime against women was made. Since 2011, our organisation has been closely working with the Mumbai Police to sensitise them on the law as part of our program Rahat. We brought out a standard operating procedure for filing rape cases,” the lawyer said.

She added that there has been free and fair registration of FIRs and a change in the cops’ attitude. The credit, she said, goes to senior cops who ensured registration of FIR by taking strict action on officers turning away or discouraging rape survivors.

According to D’Mello, in more than 95% cases, the rapist is known to the victim. The second reason, she said, is the heavy population in the western region.

“Even cases where men go back on the promise of marriage involve violence and a lot of trauma. In such cases, the women see police and law as the only source of help and so such cases should not be taken lightly,” added D’Mello.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 23:39 IST