By Chaitanya Mallapur
The number of rapes reported each year in Delhi has more than tripled over the last five years, registering an increase of 277 percent from 572 in 2011 to 2,155 in 2016, according to data released recently by the Delhi Police.
The year after the Delhi gangrape incident—in which a 23-year-old paramedical student was raped by a group of men in a moving bus in Delhi on 16 December, 2012—saw a 132 percent spike in the number of cases reported, with a sustained 32 percent increase thereafter, from 1,636 cases in 2013 to 2,155 in 2016.
Cases pertaining to “assault on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty” (under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code) have increased by 473 percent from 727 in 2012 to 4,165 in 2016.
Government initiatives to ensure the safety of women–such as this National Vehicle Security and Tracking System and setting up of women’s helplines—have …