Since January this year, Shahbad Dairy police station in outer Delhi has registered 26 rape cases, according to police data. In 2015, the data shows that a total of 37 rape cases were registered at the same police station.
In May this year, police sources said a 19-year-old mentally challenged girl was gangraped by two men in a park in Shahbad Dairy. She was waiting for a bus when two persons on a bike offered to drop her home. Instead, they raped her.
Locals of Pansali area, where the incident occurred, said the stretch from Pansali signal to the residential area is “unsafe” for women.
Last year in November, in the same area, a 45-year-old woman who went to the bushes to relieve herself was molested by a man who tried to snatch her belongings. Pansali is a few metres away from the spot where a four-year-old girl was raped by her neighbour Monday.
Lawyer Surender Singh, who used to live in Pansali and practises at Tis Hazari Court, said he helped the woman file a complaint. “A case of snatching and molestation was registered,” he said. “More policing is required. The area is very dangerous at night,” he said. Police sources, however, said the total strength of Shahbad Diary police station is around 140 officers while the sanctioned strength is over 200. This, an officer said, makes it difficult to patrol the area.