The fresh data submitted by the Delhi Police to the Delhi High Court on women’s safety in the capital has become a matter of concern. The report reveals that over 60 per cent of all cases of sexual offences against women such as rape and molestation were committed by known persons and family members.
As per the report submitted, total of 1704 rape cases were reported till October 15, 2014 in Delhi and out of which less than 5 per cent were committed by total strangers, whereas in over 241 rape cases close relatives such as the father, step-father, brother, cousin, uncle, brother-in-law and father-in-law were accused and over 430 rapes reported were committed by a neighbor or family friend.
The affidavit was submitted before Delhi High Court Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, who had last month asked the Delhi Police to provide details of sexual offence cases collected by ‘crime mapping’. In a PIL filed by social worker Nandita Dhar, the court has asked the police and the government to conduct crime mapping and sociological analysis of the crimes against women in Delhi.
Less than 8 per cent of the accused in rape cases and only 3 per cent of the accused in molestations are under 18 years of age as stated in the data. Most of the accused in rape and molestation cases are between 18-25 years of age.
The report also states a clear distinction in the education levels and socio-economic strata of the victims and the accused in various crimes. Most of the accused in both molestation and rape cases have also received some level of education, and many have passed class 10.
According to the Delhi Police, various advertisement scripts for Television and Radio have been approved by the government to create awareness about the crimes against women. Police also informed that the women police officers in civil dresses directly visit the victims in hospitals to record statement and take up investigation immediately. Women beat officers have also been asked to raise awareness by creating Women Safety Committees.