There was no decline in the number of rape cases reported in 2015 as compared to 2014. According to data provided by the Delhi Police the year 2015, with 2,095 rape cases saw a slight increase from 2014,when 2,085 rape cases were reported.
An analysis of the cases confirms that 2,024 cases-a whopping 96 per cent- were committed by people known to the victim including family members and close acquaintances. Only in 71 cases, strangers were involved.
Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi during the annual press conference, had said: "Over the past 3-4 years we have seen a surge in the reporting of rape cases due to the brutal gang rape and tragic death of the paramedical student on 16 December. A staggering number of rapes happen behind closed doors and we must initiate a mindset change to tackle this issue."
"We must develop the capacity of women by conducting self defense classes to deal with rapists and other forms of violence which may befall on our women. We have launched various initiatives like Himmat App, Operation Shisatachar, Operation Nirbheek and self defense training for women etc," added Bassi.
According to Delhi Police report, a total of 5,192 cases of molestation were reported out of which 70.15 per cent of cases were solved. The registered number of cases were registered whole crimes against women grew, 70 per cent of those cases were solved within a fortnight.
The south east range had been most successful in solving rape cases with an 88.13 per cent success rate; while the New Delhi range had the worst record with 55 per cent cases solved followed by East Delhi at 76 per cent, South West Delhi at 77.83 per cent North Delhi at 84.15 per cent and Central Delhi at 87.80 per cent.
In order to further help the women and children the Delhi Police had taken various initiatives over the years and one such initiative is the Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC), which was tasked with creating legal awareness and boost self confidence among women, the unit also has a police station in 2008.
The unit also has the power to charge and investigate cases relating to crimes against women. A total of 144 cases were registered this year and counseling and mediation sessions were also conducted throughout the year in collaboration with TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and NCW (National Commission for Women). SPUWAC had received 837 cases out of which 37 cases were sent for legal action, 27 per cent of the cases of the cases were solved with mutual settlement. A total of 5 per cent of the cases did not warrant any action while 16 per cent of cases were disposed off.