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388 rape cases in January and February justifies Delhi as rape capital of India
As many as 388 rape cases have been registered in the first two months of 2014, January and February, justifying Delhi's tag as the 'rape capital of India'. After the ill-fated Nirbhaya's incident in December 2012, many would have thought that the situation would improve, but the figure above shows a different picture.
Delhi Police seems to be committed in making Delhi a better place for women as they are eager to register all such rape cases without rejecting any female complainant.

Sudha Sunderraman, Vice President for AIDWA (All India Democratic Women's Association) said, ''It is a welcome thing if what the police claims, is true. Earlier, it was very difficult to register such cases.''

But, only registering such cases cannot prove to be a solution in a city, which witnesses rape cases every single day. The police needs to act swiftly in the case, which it lacks. Sudha said, ''Investigation is still very weak. There are long delays.'' But, one cannot blame the policemen for their slow progress in the case, as the police personnel are also overloaded with work.

''There needs to be speedy trials. There needs to be more appointment of police personnel, lawyers etc. Due to gap in punishment, the conviction rate is decreasing and the crime rate is increasing,'' added Sudha.

Even though the figures read 388 registered rape cases, but one wonders, if it is the exact number of rapes taking place in the city. A number of such cases might go unreported as well. With development taking place at rapid pace, people from rural locations sight the city as a good earning source and hence come out of their hometown in search of jobs. These 388 cases may just be a tip of the iceberg.

Sudha said, ''Most of the rural people do not get jobs in the organised sector, so they have to work in an unorganised sector, where there are low wages, no security, no labour laws etc.'' In such places, there are chances of men taking advantage of women's vulnerability as well, which go unreported, most of the times. The perpetrator gets away with it. She adds, ''Delhi is not a safe place for women.''

Though, strict anti-rape laws have come into action, but still rape cases are on the rise. In 2013, more than 180 cases were registered in the first 45 days of 2013, while 2014 witnessed 388 such cases in the first 60 days of 2014.

Punishment must be meted out in a particular time frame along with speedy justice, change in policies, safe transport system, good street lightning, public safety etc are some issues, which needs to be looked into, feels Sudha.

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