According to official figures, 121 cases of rape were registered so far this year while about 210 incidents of molestation were reported from various parts of the city.
Eight minors were among the 14 females raped in the city this month, which prompted the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Child Development to summon Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal and ask him to submit a report on cases of crime against women in the recent past and action taken by police. ( Watch )
“We have arrested the alleged rapists in over 90 per cent cases. In majority of the cases, persons well known to the victims were behind the crime,” a senior police official said.
A two-and-half year-old girl was the youngest rape victim this month while two minors were sexually assaulted in a moving car, including one in which a traffic police constable was arrested along with his property-dealer friend.
The red-faced Delhi Police immediately dismissed Sanjeev Rana, the constable who also tried to allegedly bribe the victim’s family to drop the case, from the service.
In other shocking incidents, a woman, who accused her landlord of raping her, was publicly thrashed by family members and neighbours while a mentally-challenged girl, who is deaf and dumb, was allegedly raped by a bus driver.
A teenaged boy, who was arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl, escaped from police custody in north-west Delhi this month.
In other cases, a 40-year old woman was allegedly gangraped on April 16 by four men, including her husband’s friend in a moving car while a day later unidentified men who barged into a house in north Delhi raped a 26-year-old woman before decamping with valuables.
In 98.28 per cent of 581 rape cases registered last year, the accused were known to the victims and had been interacting with the victims in the normal course of life.
While 658 rape cases were reported in 2005, the figure fell to 49 the next year. The number of molestation cases was 762 and 713 for 2005 and 2006 respectively while last year, 835 such incidents were reported.
Delhi Police attributes the incidents of rape to a number of sociological factors, including “mushrooming of JJ clusters and sub-human living conditions” there.
“Poor civic amenities, sub-human living conditions, inadequate housing facilities and mushrooming of JJ clusters are few of the sociological factors contributing to the increased tendencies in general and incidents of rape in particular,” the report said.
“In JJ clusters, the entire family lives in a small area devoid of any privacy which affected family taboos and moral barriers,” it said.
An analysis of rape cases in 2007 by Delhi Police said 68 per cent of rape accused were illiterate while 24 per cent studied up to Class X. About 80 per cent of the accused belong to the poor strata.
“Of all the cases last year, 64 per cent were committed in houses and five per cent in slums,” the Delhi Police Annual Report for 2007 said.
Delhi women rate buses as most unsafe place: Survey
Buses in the capital have received a thumbs-down from women, with 50 per cent finding them as the most unsafe place in the city, a survey has found.
In a study titled “How Secure or Insecure are Women in the City of Delhi” by the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, 50 per cent of respondents said they consider buses as most unsafe for women.
Autos came a distant second (20 per cent) in the study conducted for the Bureau of Police Research and Development, where 630 respondents were interview in markets, colleges, railway stations, malls, ISBT, airport, slums and villages.
Ten per cent of the women felt the roadside was an area of high insecurity.
Old Delhi ranked fourth in this regard, with seven per cent perceiving this part of the capital as unsafe.
The survey, conducted to study the perception level of insecurity among women in the capital, also found that market places and colleges are places where women feel most insecure.
About 80.40 per cent of women interviewed at market places said they felt insecure at the place, while the figure for colleges was 72.10 per cent. Shopping malls came third where 60 per cent of respondents said they felt insecure.
The level of insecurity was lowest among slum dwellers (8.70 per cent) followed by respondents from villages (22.8 per cent).
Men apologetic in 74% of cases
NEW DELHI: A five-year study conducted between 2002 and 2007 on 1,805 victims who came to Delhi Police’s Crime Against Women Cell for help has revealed that victim of domestic violence often endure abuse for an average 4.2 years before seeking help.
Women activists feel that with rising consumerism, there’s a big spurt in the middle class’s material expectations from a marriage. “Now, a TV is not enough. The demand is for a plasma TV. Long after the wedding is over, dowry keeps manifesting itself on family occasions. When expectations are not met, arm-twisting is resorted to. The bride becomes a soft target,” Ranjana says.
About 22% of the victims said that their husbands seemed to have planned the violence. About 74% said their husband were apologetic the next day, swearing they would never do so again — a promise they never kept. “In an overwhelming number of cases, the violence took place at night — between 10.30 pm and 12.30 am,” says consultant psychologist Rajat Mitra of Swanchetan.
Another 36% of the women victims had suicidal thoughts; of which more than half made an unsuccessful attempt to end their lives. Those who felt like committing suicide but did not attempt to do so confessed that the future of their children, especially their daughters, prevented them taking the step.
In nearly 19% cases, husbands tried to prove that the wives were mentally ill, mentally challenged or depressed. In one particular case, the prescription was tampered with. “From NAD (no abnormalities detected), it was changed to MAD by the husband,” says the consultant psychologist.
“The study also shows that social laws such as Dowry Prohibition Act and the more recent, Domestic Violence Act, have not helped much in reducing violence against women,” says Mitra.
Senior Delhi Police officer Vimla Mehra, who helped initiate the counselling programme back in 2002, says that in several cases of domestic violence, the victims don’t want police action. “Offering them counselling is one way of providing help. It helps them decide what they want. The problem is enormous. But we feel we have made a dent,” she says.