For a few years now, Delhi is considered the rape capital of India. Numbers in the NCRB report show that Delhi stands right at the top of being one of the most unsafe cities in the country. And so the Delhi Police has decided to do a detailed research on the elements causing rapes in the city.

This is an unprecedented move taken by the state police and will involve psychoanalysis of those accused of raping women and those who are already convicted. Over the past few months, the Delhi Police have caught serial rapists and this is precisely what led them to conduct the research. One of the accused that the Delhi Police caught has even admitted to travelling to the city only to sexually abuse young girls.

However, the idea of conducting this study is not new at all. The Usha Mehra Commission had earlier asked the police to conduct a similar research in order to bring down the number of rape cases. Previous researches have established that most of the rape cases reported are from the slum areas in the city. Of the total 2,199 rape cases reported in 2015 according to NCRB, the accused in as many as 2,124 cases are the victim’s acquaintances.

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“Since the Nirbhaya gang rape case, the police have undertaken various measures to ensure safety of women. The number of women officers has been increased, patrolling has been stepped up and helpdesks for women have been set up at every police station,” Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak told TOI.

The report will be based on the responses given by victims, their close relatives and the accused in rape cases.

“The study aims to find out the demographic profile of rape victims and the impact of rape. Victims from different parts of Delhi will be taken as case studies and an informal interview will be conducted with them to obtain an overall picture of their traumatic experience,” Pathak added.

The report will consist of figures and tables to form the analysis and police will also explain the mechanism used for their observations. “If the results differ from the expectations, the police will have to explain the reasons for the difference. If the results tally, then they will have to describe the theory supported by evidence,” Pathak said.

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