20% rise in rape, molestation cases in Delhi this year: Delhi Police

DCPs instructed to directly supervise rape cases’ investigation

New Delhi, Nov. 9 (Delhi Crown): The Delhi Police on Tuesday revealed that cases of molestation and rape have jumped by 20 percent in the city in 2021, compared to last year.

Police said that from January 1 to October 31, the national capital had registered 1,725 cases of rape, while in the same corresponding period in 2020, there were 1,429 rape cases.

Cases of molestation were pegged at 2,157 in 2021, whereas it was pegged at 1,791 in 2020, a 20.43 percent rise.

Police sources said this was primarily because of Covid norms being relaxed, adding that this year’s data was comparable to the data of 2019 and previous years.

In 2019, there were 2,168 cases of rape registered between January and December.

In 2021, there have been 3,342 combined cases of kidnapping and abductions, which were registered separately based on nature of complaint and age of victims. In 2020, the figure was 2, 344. There was also an increase of 6.5 percent in cases of outraging modesty, with 373 cases registered this year as against 350 last year.

Delhi’s Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has asked senior police officials to have a zero-tolerance policy against crimes against women. All district Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) have been instructed to directly supervise the investigation of rape cases and to devote more of their time in cases where victims are minors.

Civic agencies have been instructed to make proper lighting arrangements in dark patches of the city. Offices where women work late at night have been told to take proper safety measures, said the police.

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