The higher rate of crime against women in Delhi is attributed to the fact that the registration of rape, molestation and other crimes against women has increased as an outcome of increased awareness of general public and the special measures taken by the Government because of which women are now feeling encouraged to come forward and lodge their complaints. Moreover, a conscious decision was also taken by Delhi Police in August, 2013 to ensure truthful registration of crimes. Police machinery was suitably sensitized, enthused and monitored to ensure truthful registration of complaints which disclosed the commission of cognizable offences.
The President of India on 2nd April, 2013 had consented to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013, which has come into force since 3rd Feb, 2013 on crimes against women. It has enhanced punishment for crimes like rape, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, acid attacks, indecent gestures like words and inappropriate touch etc. The new laws have provisions for increased sentence for rape convicts, including life-term and death sentence, besides providing for stringent punishment for offences such as acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism.
Several steps have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety and security of women. Steps taken to instill confidence in the minds of girls and women include setting up of women helpline in each police station; increasing of Women Helpline No.1091 from 4 to 10 line; security audit of paying guest accommodation and girl hostels; watch on vulnerable routes; deployment of women in PCR vans at vulnerable places; and the deployment of women in certain areas prone to crimes against women. During the year 2014 (upto 31st October), 13038 girls have been imparted self-defence training organized by Delhi Police. Further, 7201 police officers have attended Gender sensitization programmes. Instructions have been issued for filing of charge sheets in rape cases within 20 days of arrest of accused as a result of which over 87% of cases of crime against women are being worked out within the first fortnight.
This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Arvind Kumar Singh and Shri Alok Tiwari in the Rajya Sabha today.