NEW DELHI: With 927 incidents of child rapes reported in 2015, Delhi has no doubt become most unsafe for children. According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau data, at least three cases of rape took place every day in 2015, though police and child rights activists agree that the actual number could be much bigger.
With Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act facilitating the registration of complaints, the figures are going up. Among those raped last year, 585 were below the age of 16. Of them, 95% were assaulted by people known to them. Police claimed that almost all the accused were arrested within 24 hours of the incident.
According to the NCRB data, almost all the perpetrators in the 86 cases registered under POCSO Act in 2015 were convicted. The statistics showed that 60.83% of the cases were reported from the poorer sections of society. What is alarming is that around 20% of the criminals involved in sexually abusing children are themselves juveniles.
Of the 7,730 cases of abduction reported in Delhi last year, around 60% were of children. Police said in most of these cases, the children were sexually assaulted.
According to the Centre for Child Rights, 53.2% of all children are sexually abused, with 20.9% suffering severe abuse.
These go unreported due to the stigma attached to rape. "It is a baffling trend that cannot be addressed by just policing activities," said the NGO's Enakshi Ganguli.