Delhi: National capital or rape capital?

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Delhi: National capital or rape capital?
New Delhi, Dec 21: A latest government data shows that national Capital is one of the most unsafe city among the four metros in India, with Delhi witnessing a rape in every thousand minutes. The statistics prepared by National Crime Records shows that Delhi city, excluding the rural areas witnessed rape every 1003.1 minute in 2007, while for Mumbai the figure was 3020.7 minutes.

Meanwhile Kolkata seems to be the safest among the metros where a rape is reported only in 11,945.5 minutes. Chennai has a sexual assault case in every 11,426 minutes. National Capital in 2007 recorded 524 incidents of rape in which 483 cases were chargesheeted against 695 and 533 respectively in 2006.

The no. of cases in the other three metros in 2007 were:

-Chennai : 46
-Kolkata : 44
-Mumbai : 174

The whole of Delhi, including rural areas, registered 598 rape cases in 2007, that is, every 878.9 minutes, a rape is taking place. However in Goa, which reports high-profile sexual abuse cases, a rape case was reported only in 26,280 minutes.

Nagaland topped the list of the safest states, with a rape reported only in 40,430 minutes. Among the safest Union Territories, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep topped the list with a rape only in 5,25,600 minutes. While Madhya Pradesh witnessed the worst scenario as every 174.6 minute, a woman was raped.

A total of 20,737 cases of rape were reported last year registering a 7.2 per cent increase, with Madhya Pradesh topping the list of such incidents. Madhya Pradesh accounted for 14.5 per cent of the total cases, with 3,010 incidents of rape followed by West Bengal (2,106), Uttar Pradesh (1,648), Bihar (1,555) and Rajasthan (1,238).

Offenders were known to the victims in as many as 19,188 cases (92.5 per cent) that included 6,902 incidents in which neighbours were involved. Parents or close family members were involved in 405 cases while in 1,448 cases relatives were on the wrong side.

Most of the victims are in the age-group of 18-30 years (11,984) followed by 3,530 in the age-group of 30-50 years.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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