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Crimes against women up but most cases ‘solved’

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 14:30

New Delhi: The capital saw a rise in crime against women last year as compared to 2014. While 5,192 cases of molestation of women were reported last year, the number was 4,322 in 2014. However, most cases were solved well in time. More than 70% of the crimes against women were worked out and chargesheeted within the fortnight of reporting the incident, police claimed.

Last year, 2,095 rape cases were reported as against 2,085 in 2014. In the data published by Delhi Police, 2,024 rapes were committed by the family members or people known to the victim. A total of 71 strangers were involved in rape cases reported last year. An analysis of the data showed that 50% of the victims were aged between 18 to 25 years. According to the analysis, of the 2,095 rape accused, 911 studied till Class X and were between the age group of 18 to 25 years; 1,195 were from a poor economic background. A total of 86.73% of the rapes took place in houses or at slum clusters, and 3.29% at hotels and restaurants.

Of the total 5,192 molestation cases, 838 were solved. Police said 460 cases were solved within a week of registration of the FIR. According to the records, 39.25% molestation occurred on roads, while nearly an equal number at houses. Delhi Police conducted gender sensitisation programmes in 2015 under which 11,130 boys were sensitised. It also held several self-defence programmes for women at schools and colleges across the city. Besides, an operation to identify sexual offenders on roads and bus stops was also conducted under Operation Shishtachar. Women police officers in civvies were posted at busy vulnerable places to keep a watch on miscreants.

Delhi Police also launched Himmat app in February last year using which the victims could make SOS calls to alert police.