Crime against women rise by 15 pc

Around 40 cases of crime against women, including four rapes, are registered by Delhi Police every day.

Police filed 13,230 cases of crime against women till November 15 as against 11,479 cases in 2013. It shows an increase of 15.25 per cent, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary.

The increase has been attributed to the fact that the registration of rape, molestation and other crimes against women has increased as an outcome of increased awareness and special measures taken by the government due to which women feel encouraged to come forward and lodge their complaints.

“Moreover, a conscious decision was also taken by Delhi Police in August 2013 to ensure truthful registration of crimes. Police machinery was suitably sensitised, enthused and monitored to ensure truthful registration of complaints which disclosed the commission of cognisable offences,” Chaudhary stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, which came into force in February 2013, has enhanced punishment for crimes like rape, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks.

It also has provisions for increased sentence for rape convicts, including life-term and death sentence, besides providing for stringent punishment for offences such as acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism.

Chaudhary also stated that several steps have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety and security of women.

“Steps taken to instill confidence in the minds of girls and women include setting up of women helpline in each police station, increasing of women helpline number 1091 from four to 10 lines, security audit of paying guest accommodation and girl hostels, watch on vulnerable routes, deployment of women in PCR vans at vulnerable places; and deployment of women in certain areas prone to crimes against women,” he added.
Over 13,000 girls have also been imparted self-defence training organised by Delhi Police till October 31.

Further, 7,201 police officers have attended gender sensitisation programmes.
“Instructions have been issued for filing of chargesheets in rape cases within 20 days of arrest of accused as a result of which over 87 per cent of cases of crime against women are being worked out within the first fortnight,” Chaudhary said.

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