Police registered 550 cases of rape across the city until July this year, of which 445 accused were arrested, according to data available on Mumbai Police websites.
The rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman early Friday in Sakinaka has raised questions once again over the safety of women. The National Commission for Women (NCW) and National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) visited the family of the victim on Sunday.
Data show that of the 550 cases, in 323 instances the victims were minors (below the age of 18).
Officials said that 303 accused were arrested for raping minors, while 142 were arrested for sexually assaulting majors.
According to police officials, 766 cases of rape were registered in 2020, in the year of lockdown, in which 658 accused were arrested. Of them, 445 were minors and 321 were above 18 years. The police claim that 419 and 239 accused were arrested for sexually assaulting minor and major victims, respectively.
In the year 2019, 1,015 cases under Section 376 (rape) were registered, of which 931 were solved. On the other hand, 1,100, 1,943 and 2,678 cases were registered for outraging the modesty of a woman in the years 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively, in which 860, 1,539 and 2,277 accused were arrested.
At a press conference on Monday, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said that 3,515 cases involving crime against women were registered this year, of which 74 per cent cases have been solved.
In 2020, 4,539 such cases were registered and 77 per cent were solved while 6,438 cases were registered in 2019 of which 83 per cent were solved.