Rape, molestation cases down in Delhi in 2009: Police

Last Updated: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 17:58

New Delhi: The capital, known as one of the
most unsafe cities for women, became a shade safer for the
fair sex last year, going by Delhi Police statistics.

In 2009, rape cases have shown a decline of three per
cent (452 against 466) and a whopping 94.25 per cent of the
cases have been solved, the Delhi Police`s annual report said.
As far as molestation cases were concerned, 532 cases
were reported last year against 597 cases in 2008.

Another characteristic was the uneven distribution of the
cases of crime against women.

The police station-wise break-up shows that no case of
rape was reported in 35 police stations while 225 (50 per
cent) were reported from 35 police stations out of which 33
fall outside the Ring Road. Eightyfive (50 per cent) police
stations recorded 85 per cent of all rape cases.

Of the persons arrested on rape charges, 35 were
relatives, 64 were friends, 212 were neighbours and 129 were
other known persons.

In only 12 (3 per cent) rape cases, the crime committed
was by a person unknown to the victim.
Eightythree per cent of the arrested were illiterate,
school dropouts or have studied upto class 10th. 67 per cent
of the accused were below 25 years and 68 per cent belonged to
the lower economic strata.

The data on molestation cases show that in 47 per cent of
the cases, neighbours were the accused, in four per cent
friends, in six per cent relatives and in only five per cent
of cases strangers were involved.

A total of 686 accused were arrested out of which 56 per
cent were illiterate or school dropouts.

Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said one of the
initiatives which got a good measure of success was the
setting up of the anti-obscene calls cell.

The cell has so far got 12,108 calls. Out of this, action
has been taken to the satisfaction of the complainants in
11,625 cases.

"The action taken by this cell has gone a long way in
nipping complaints of harassments in the bud," he said.

Apart from this, Delhi Police has also started a massive
gender sensitisation campaign within the force.

The crime graph for senior citizens, however, saw a
slight increase with 17 elders found murdered as compared to
15 in 2008.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 17:58

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