Over 60 per cent of all incidents of rape, molestation and eve-teasing this year has taken place inside houses, an analysis submitted by the Delhi Police to the High Court has said.
“The analysis of the year 2014 indicates that the accused in 1,767 of 2,276 cases turned out to be relatives/acquaintances. The accused were strangers only in 509 cases,” the affidavit said. Police also stated that of the cases in which the attacker was known, 1,450 were acquaintances while 317 were cases in which a relative(s) was the accused.
Further, police said the increase in the number of crimes against women is “not so significant” as there was an increase of “only” a nine per cent in the total number of cases.
The High Court had last month asked police to give an analysis of data regarding crimes against women and also an analysis of data from two “high crime” and two “low crime” areas.
In April, police had conducted a crime-mapping of the city following a court order on a PIL filed by social worker Nandita Dhar, through advocate Gaurav Bansal, regarding eve-teasing and molestation cases.
In the affidavit, police said the data on rape cases indicate that 263 of 590 such cases reported in Delhi till September 15 were those arising out of live-in relationships, elopement or property dispute.
Moreover, police said of the 76 molestation cases reported at Mehrauli police station, 72 “actually pertain to quarrel/dispute on some other issues in which allegations of molestation were also made”.
Apart from claiming that the allegations raised in these cases may or may not be correct, police also said it was “difficult to anticipate/prevent such incidents which take place inside a house”.
However, advocate Bansal told Newsline, “Police are playing a game by using words which suit them. They are misleading the data by clubbing relatives and acquaintances in a single category so that they can claim that they are doing their best. In fact, they should segregate the categories and then evaluate the data.”
Interestingly, the affidavit also indicates that police response to such cases is very different in the “high crime” and “low crime” areas.
In Mehrauli, for instance, which is a “high crime” area, notice boards have been put up to raise awareness that eve-teasing is a crime and residents’ welfare associations and NGOs have been roped in to create gender sensitisation. Police personnel were also deployed outside girls’ schools, bus stops and markets in the area. The nearby Safdarjung Enclave, a “low crime” area, also has motorcycle patrols and special pickets in addition to gender sensitisation drives.
The case was to be taken up before the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul on Wednesday, but was adjourned as the senior advocate for the government was not present.
In April, police had conducted a crime-mapping of the city following a court order
Accused in 1,767 cases of 2,276 cases were relatives/acquaintances
The accused persons were strangers only in 509 cases
Of the cases in which the attacker was known to the woman, 1,450 were acquaintances while 317 were cases in which a relative(s) was the accused
Of the 590 rape cases reported till September 15 this year, 263 were those arising out of live-in relationships, elopement or property dispute