Steep rise in crimes against women, accused usually known to victim: HC told

The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday informed by the city police that there has been a "steep rise" in incidents of rape, molestation and eveteasing in national capital since the December 16 gangrape case and most of these occur inside the victim's house and the accused in majority of the cases is a relative or an acquaintance.

PTI| Updated: Oct 15, 2014, 22:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday informed by the city police that there has been a "steep rise" in incidents of rape, molestation and eveteasing in national capital since the December 16 gangrape case and most of these occur inside the victim's house and the accused in majority of the cases is a relative or an acquaintance.

The submission was made in an affidavit placed before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul who listed the matter for hearing on October 29 after senior advocate Neeraj Kishen Kaul, appearing for Delhi police, sought an adjournment.

"There is a steep rise in incidents of rape, molestation and eveteasing after the Nirbhaya case (December 16, 2012 gangrape).

"There were a total of 2276 incidents of rape, molestation and eveteasing in 2014 up to September 15 as against 2070 incidents during the same period in 2013.

"1375 out of the 2276 incidents took place inside the house and its difficult to anticipate or prevent such incidents ... In 1767 out of the 2276 incidents, the accused turned out to be relatives or acquaintances...," the affidavit submitted by Delhi Police, through advocate Zubeda Begum,said.

According to the affidavit, there is around 125 per cent increase in rape cases as compared to 2013 for the period from January to September 15, while the rise in molestation and eve-teasing cases is around 448 per cent and 478 per cent, respectively.

These figures pertained to the crimes against women reported in 44 red-flagged areas or police stations of the capital from January 1, 2014 to September 15, 2014 and were submitted pursuant to the court's direction of September 24 when it had directed Delhi police to file a better affidavit.