Divided by boundaries, united by crimes: Rape cases in 2019 continue to remain on the high

Rape cases continue to remain on the high

According to Delhi police, five women were raped and eight were molested every day on an average everyday in the national capital last year. Their data says, 2,043 cases of rape were registered last year as compared to 2, 059 cases in 2017 and 2,065 in 2016. This represents that the cases have not come down as per the last three year records, in any substantial way or otherwise.
However, the safety of women remains a cause of concern not just in the national capital, but across the country.
It’s 2019 and India is still caught in a depressing cycle when it comes to issues about women, Rape is one of the most plaguing issues and seemingly endless.
Come New Year, and the country already saw its first case where a 42-year-old woman in Gurugram in Harayana was first gang-raped in a room, and then in a moving vehicle- by at least five men after she got off a bus and boarded an auto-rickshaw near Manesar on NH-8. The rapists later dumped her behind a Dhabha. Reportedly, all the accused were auto drivers and were arrested.
On March 18, a 14 -year-old girl was raped by a man who claimed to be an exorcist in a village in Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat. The accused, now absconding, took her to an isolated place to rape her while asking her parents to stay back.
In another case, a six-year-old Telangana girl who had gone out to play Holi was raped and hacked to death by an ‘intoxicated’ teen. A case was registered under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) act against the accused, who is a nave of West Champaran district in Bihar after the girl’s parents’ had filed a missing complaint.
Looking back at the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data available in 2016, India recorded 106 rapes a day and four out of every ten victims were minor. Another fact revealed by its report names rime in India 2016′, it is revealed that 94.6 percent of the cases had none other than the victims’ relatives as perpetrators, including brothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons or acquaintances.

A banner being displayed during a rape-protest march

But what is another rising issue is the number of false cases that reported. the low conviction rate n rape cases can also point to the fact that the registered cases could not be proved in the court, giving a is to the suspicion that false cases also may be registered, says Anant Kumar Asthana, A Delhi-based activist, and lawyer in a report to IndiaSpend.
Nonetheless, the country is in dire need to establish strict laws that take the rape convictions strictly and are enforced timely to avoid delayed justice. Also, heavy penalties or punishments for fake cases need to come in force.