New Delhi: The Delhi Police have come up with some startling figures on redressal of crimes against women in the Capital.
In response to a query put up by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson, Swati Maliwal, the police have revealed that 7,124 FIRs have been lodged of atrocities on women till August 2015, out of which only one case was decided.
Similarly, in 2014, 11,209 such FIRs were lodged, of which only nine of the accused were convicted. In 2013, the figure stood at 65 for 9,271 FIRs.
Senior Special Commissioner (Law & Order) Deepak Mishra wrote to Maliwal, saying: “Since most crimes are committed by the accused in the confines of homes by exploiting their proximity to the victim, police have a very limited scope to prevent their occurrence. An analysis of rape cases reveals that only 3.5 per cent rapes are committed by strangers.”
The information came in response to a letter written by the DCW chief to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, in the aftermath of the Meenakshi murder case in the Anand Parbat area of central Delhi.
Maliwal had requested statistics on complaints of crimes against women in the area so that DCW could provide suggestions.
Police officer Mishra also wrote: “Proximity to the affluent and the under-privileged urban anonymity encouraging deviant behaviour, loosening of social structures and family control and adverse sex ratio – all have significant roles as criminogenic factors.”
However, countering this view, Maliwal said: “This may not be the best approach by the Delhi Police, because even if the crime is being carried out by a person known to the victim – at home or the workplace – police have as significant a role to play as in any other crime. The role of the police becomes paramount in promptly registering a case, conducting effective investigation and filing charge-sheets in a proper and time-bound manner.”
She also pointed out that chargesheets are yet to be filed in 1,059 cases from 2012; 3,218 cases from 2013; 7,319 cases from 2014 and 6,800 cases from 2015. Thus, since 2012, 31,446 FIRs were registered, out of which charge-sheets were filed only in 13,050 cases.