927 children were raped in Delhi in 2015
We know Delhi is unsafe for women and children. But just how unsafe? The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data quantifies our worst fears - with 927 children raped in Delhi in 2015, nearly three children get raped in the national capital every day. As per Delhi Police statistics till September 30, 2016, at least one girl was raped every 12 hours.
Child rights activists, juvenile justice lawyers and policemen cite several reasons for the spread of this social malady. Lack of community participation among the city's gigantic migrant population, pornography consumption by unaware teenagers, no sex education and gender sensitization in schools, and poor deterrence - delayed trials, lack of special courts, shoddy investigations and low conviction rate - all promote gender violence.
The Delhi high court recently slammed the Centre for not yet sanctioning 14,000 extra policemen to the city force despite the issue pending before the finance ministry since July 2015. The Delhi Police was also rapped for not recruiting even half of the 4,227 personnel till date, which were sanctioned for separating crime investigation from law and order upkeep.
The HC was taking into cognizance the recent rape of an 18-month-old girl by her 33-year-old neighbor in Delhi's Aman Vihar. Though new cases of child rape are coming to light more frequently than ever, the city police are yet to wake up to action.