Is Bangalore transforming from IT to rape hub of India?

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Bangalore, Oct 19: What is wrong with India's IT hub Bangalore? There seems to be a sudden rise in rape cases in the capital city of Karnataka.

According to reports, three bar girls were allegedly gangraped on Thursday, Oct 18 by a group of eight men. A police complaint has been filed about the incident.

"The incident occurred on Thursday night on the outskirts of the Karnataka capital between midnight and 3 am. Further investigation is on in the case," said a police official.

However, the police have not made any arrest in the case so far.

This comes close on the heels of another rape incident which happened just few days back. A student of the National Law School of India University in Bangalore was allegedly gangraped by eight men inside the adjacent Jnanbharathi campus of Bangalore University. The second-year student, staying in the university hostel, in her police complaint said the incident took place when she had gone out with her boyfriend, who works with an IT firm, on Saturday night.

However, police are yet to identify the rapists. Even police at one point of time had said that rape did not occur as the student bare no injuries in her body.

The lackadaisical attitude of police has been widely criticised.

Few months back French diplomat Pascal Mazurier was accused that he had raped his minor daughter. He was granted bail by Karnataka High Court on Thursday.

The recently released data of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) also suggests the rising rape incidents in the city. The city ranks next only to New Delhi in the crime against women statistics.

The latest NCRB report for 2011 shows that Bangalore has witnessed 1,890 instances of crime against women. This accounts for 5.6% of such crime in the country. The corresponding numbers for New Delhi stood at 4,489 cases and 13.3%. Snapping at Bangalore's heels is Hyderabad: 1,860 cases and 5.5%.

The number of crime cases against women in the city in 2010 was 1,590 and constituted 6.5% of the national number.

Haryana is also in news for all the wrong reasons. There has been a spate of rape incidents in Haryana recently - as many as 19 in a month.

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