New Delhi: The Delhi Police, which has come in for sharp criticism and is under tremendous pressure following a rise in cases of rape and atrocities against girls and women in the national capital, on Monday claimed that a lot has changed since the brutal gang-rape of a medical student in December last year.
"Let me tell you that because of the instructions that were given, every woman complainant who comes to a police station, her report shall be recorded verbatim, her report shall be recorded irrespective of the jurisdiction, and if a case is made out, a case shall be registered. We have seen a phenomenal increase in the registered crimes related to offences against women," said Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
"The rise in instances of rape cases being registered by the police is 158.66 percent. The rise in molestation of women is 600 percent and the rise in number of eve-teasing cases is 783. 67 percent. This shows that the tendency that existed earlier to dissuade women from getting their complaints registered or registering the complaints of their cases has changed dramatically. It has happened post the 16th December (gang-rape case). This itself shows that the instructions we have given are working on the ground," he added, while reading out the figures.
Kumar, who was talking to mediapersons at the Delhi Police Headquarters here, said the men in uniform have acted swiftly upon various cases involving crimes against the feminine gender.
"Out of the cases that have been reported, the working out percentage is 85 percent of rape cases, 86 percent of molestation of women cases, 95.8 percent cases of eve-teasing. This itself shows the response of the police and how swiftly it has acted and how swiftly it has managed to crack them," he said, when asked what can the Delhi Police offer at this point of time to ensure security of women and now that it comes to children as well.
Drawing attention of the media to the recent rape of a five-year-old girl in east Delhi's Gandhinagar area, Kumar said 'it is humanly possible for the policemen to prevent a case like this in which a neighbour lures a girl who is playing into his room and commits a crime'.
"Is it possible for police to prevent it? The fact of the matter is, please understand.... rapes are opportunistic crimes committed within the confines of private spaces. 97 percent of the cases are committed within homes and only three percent of the cases are committed by strangers," Kumar said.
"In ten cases, fathers were involved, in two cases stepfathers were involved, in nine cases an ex-husband or husband was involved, five cases cousin, nine cases brother-in-law, two cases father-in-law, 115 cases neighbours, family relative friends -twelve, friends lovers-178, landlord-eight, tenant-three, employer-15, instructor, tutor, principal-three, doctor-2, priest-one," he added, while quoting figures for the current year up to 15th April.
The Delhi Police Commissioner's remark comes at a time when protests continued in the national capital for the fourth day today demanding justice for the five-year-old rape victim and mounting pressure on him to step down from his post. (ANI)