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Andhra Pradesh and Delhi have a special place in annals of crimes against women in India in recent times. If we are to take a look at the statistics provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, Andhra Pradesh has figured consistently in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as the state with highest incidences of crime against women; and Delhi, similarly has figured as the city with highest incidences of crime against women in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Let me restate the figures and illustrate just a few preliminary findings.

Andhra Pradesh: Collated statistics for 2008-2010

A total of 76, 924 incidents of crime against women have been recorded from 2008-2010. This is the highest in India for a state and Andhra Pradesh topped this dubious list each consecutive year for three years till 2010. 2011 statistics are awaited.

As per categories of crime, crime against women constitutes the second or third largest category in crimes in Andhra Pradesh.

A total of 3,807 cases of rape have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 4.94% of total incidence of crime against women.

A total of 14,511 cases of molestation have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 18.86% of total incidence of crime against women.

A total of 11,633 cases of sexual harassment (eve-teasing) have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 15.12% of total incidence of crime against women.

Rapes, molestations and sexual harassment (eve-teasing) constituted 38.93% of crimes against women in Andhra Pradesh in 2008-2010.

Women in the age group of 18-30 years were most vulnerable to rape, followed by the women in age group of 14-18 years.

In all the 3,807 rape cases that had been recorded in Andhra Pradesh between 2008-2010, the offenders were known to the victims.

On an average, at least 3 incidences of rape had occurred daily in Andhra Pradesh in the period between 2008-2010 and 100% of the rapes were committed by men who were known to the victims.

Delhi: Collated statistics for 2008-2010

A total of 11, 102 incidents of crime against women have been recorded from 2008-2010. This is the highest in India for a city and Delhi topped this dubious list each consecutive year for three years till 2010. 2011 statistics are awaited.

 A total of 1,214 cases of rape have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 10.93% of total incidence of crime against women.

A total of 1,574 cases of molestation have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 14.17% of total incidence of crime against women.

A total of 309 cases of sexual harassment (eve-teasing) have been recorded for the same period, which constitutes 2.7% of total incidence of crime against women.

Rapes, molestations and sexual harassment (eve-teasing) constituted 27.89% of crimes against women in Delhi in 2008-2010.

Women in the age group of 14-18 years were most vulnerable to rape, followed by the women in age group of 18-30 years.

In the 1,214 rape cases that had been recorded in Delhi between 2008-2010, 97.44% of the offenders were known to the victims.

On an average, at least 1 incident of rape had occurred daily in Delhi in the period between 2008-2010 and 97.44% of the rapes were committed by men who were known to the victims.

My questions to the Police Chiefs of Andhra Pradesh and Delhi :

Does the Delhi Police Commissioner know what factors made the women victims of rape, molestation or sexual harassment most vulnerable? What were the circumstances in which most of these crimes had occurred? Which police station areas have the highest incidences of these crimes?

Has he taken a look at each investigation report of rape, molestation and sexual harassment and enlightened himself as to what time of day or night each incident had occurred? How relevant was his assumption that women were vulnerable late at night and outside homes or offices?

Can the Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police answer the same questions I have asked above in context of Andhra Pradesh?

Has he taken a look at each investigation report of rape, molestation and sexual harassment and enlightened himself as to what each victim was wearing when the crime had been committed to claim provocative ‘dresses’ worn by women were the cause of rapes?

The Indian Police Service is supposed to be constituted by the crème of India’s educated and intelligent elite. I would, therefore, like to believe that there are still men and women in that Khaki uniform whose gray matter have not atrophied and have the intelligence, inclination, ability, will and the resources to find some answers and apply their mind to find more effective measures within the purview of law enforcement to bring down rates of crime against women substantially.

As to Police Chiefs whose gray matter seem to have atrophied and the dignity of the office seem to be lost on them, the best way to sensitize would be summary removal from the post of Police Chief and immediate supersession.

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