Delhi has witnessed around four rape cases a day this year,almost double the last year’s rate,in an indication that crime against women has not abated in the capital despite campaigns and stepped up police action.
The city witnessed a total of 181 rapes between January one and February 15,Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Rama chandran told Rajya Sabha in a written question.
An analysis of figures shows that Delhi witnessed four rapes a day in the capital during this period while the average for 2012 was around two. In 2012,the Delhi Police Annual Report said that 706 rape cases were reported.
Last year also saw a 23.43 per cent leap in the number of rape cases compared to 2011 when it registered 572 such incidents in the city.
However,police say that the surge in number of rape cases could not be directly attributed to the law and order situation as more than 97 per cent of rape accused were known to the victims.Last year,in all the rape cases except 26 cases,the accused were known to the victim — 207 were family members and 200 friends. Of the 706cases last year,police say 93.62per cent of the cases have been solved.
Only last week,the city had witnessed the rape of as even-year-old girl in a municipal school in north-west Delhi’s Mongolpuri by an unidentified person. Nobody has been arrested in the case.
The city had in December witnessed a series of protest after the December 16 gangrape of the girl,who died in Singapore on December 29.The government had then initiated several measures to ensure safety of women in the city.
Delhi Women and Child Welfare Minister Kiran Walia while emphasising the contradictions harboured in the society,pointed out that women of all classes,irrespective of their professional achievements,were suffering either in the streets or through domestic violence.
“Our society has inherent contradictions and double standards,and domestic violence cuts across all women,whether they are pilots,chartered accountants,engineers,administrators,they all suffer,” she said.
“Talking about violence,it is shocking and shameful that little girls barely 3 or 8 years old are being raped and worse being gangraped. Sixty per cent of rape victims are minors.And,therefore we need more women-friendly courts,” she said.
Kamla Bhasin,the coordinator of ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign in South Asia giving the clarion call for women’s freedom described March 8 as a “day of festival for all women across the world”.
“Patriarchy is deep-seated in women psyche too and if we want change,women too must shed that attitude. And,girls should not be raised like Barbie dolls. If we keep making upour bodies,we can never make our mind. “We are ‘fair and lovely’ in thinking and not some cosmetic product,” Bhasin said.