New Delhi, Jan 19: The national capital continues to fight with the ignominy of being the rape capital of India. The focus on safety of women in New Delhi regained momentum after the brutal gangrape of 23-year-old paramedical student by half-dozen men in a moving bus. The victim later died at a hospital in Singapore after fighting for her life for 13 days.
Even after several protests to end rape against women, incidents of violence perpetrated against women continues in Delhi.
However, cases of rapes and molestation of women increased by 23.43 and 10.65 per cent. Rape cases rose from 572 in 2011 to 706 last year while molestation cases rose to 727 last year from 657 in 2011. Seventy-five cases of molestation were reported in the last 15 days of 2012.
"What was otherwise going to be a satisfying end to 2012 for us, turned out to be tragic last fortnight for the year goneby...We as a nation were appalled and outraged. People came out in hordes to show their wrath and anguish, most of which was directed at police. It is not uncommon for citizens to target us in such situations as we are the visible arm of the government. But somewhere the anger was directed not only at us but perhaps against the criminal justice system as such and the inability of common people to correct it and correct it quickly," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said in annual report.
The Delhi Police chief said this while referring to the Dec 16 gangrape in the capital. Notwithstanding the gangrape case, he said, police's endeavour was to provide Delhiites service with a difference.