Rape cases in New Delhi jump 23 per cent in 2012

Published Jan 19, 2013 10:20am

This incident comes in the aftermath of a horrendous gangrape of a 23-year-old in Delhi. Five men and a teenager have been charged with her rape and murder, who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from horrific injuries. - File Photo
This incident comes in the aftermath of a horrendous gangrape of a 23-year-old in Delhi. Five men and a teenager have been charged with her rape and murder, who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from horrific injuries. - File Photo

NEW DELHI: Rape cases in New Delhi jumped 23 per cent in 2012 from a year earlier, according to official figures, highlighting rising crime against women in the sprawling metropolis.

The numbers were released as the trial of five men was set to begin on Monday on accusations of murder, rape and kidnapping over the death last month of a 23-year-old gang-rape victim, whose assault sparked nationwide protests,

The case against a sixth defendant, who says he is 17, is being heard separately by a juvenile court.

“The rate of conviction in rapes in Delhi is much higher than the national rate,” Delhi police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told reporters on Friday.

“(But) we are not taking solace in this. We need to do much more,” said Kumar, who has faced fierce public criticism for the perceived failure of his police force to check mounting crime against women.

For 2012, some 706 rape cases were registered – a 23.43 per cent leap from the previous year, police said.

Some 45 cases of rape and 75 cases of sexual molestation were reported to police in the two weeks after the brutal gang rape attack on the physiotherapy student on Dec 16, police said.

The victim died in a Singapore hospital from massive internal injuries nearly two weeks after the assault.

New Delhi, a city of 16 million people, has long been called the “rape capital of India”. It is known as the least safe major Indian city for women with more than twice as many rape cases registered in 2011 than commercial hub Mumbai.

Since last month's gang-rape, protesters across India have demanded stronger punishment for crimes against women and better safety.

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Iqbal Hussain
Jan 19, 2013 04:39pm
It is all due to what they are showing in the Bollywood movies.
raja hindustani
Jan 20, 2013 06:10pm
so...if that is the case pakistan should have zero rape case. isn't it..??
Abdurrauf
Jan 19, 2013 12:12pm
It is really unfortunate to note that India is country which does not take any concrete action action the perpetrators of such crime. My all sympathies goes to the victims. Those brutes should be punished to death by hanging publicly. Rape has no justification particular in this case where the women died due to gang rape. There are cases where women pretend to be raped but in some cases where they are actually raped and killed is a henious crime and the punishment is only death for such ugly brutes.