Laws fail to curb rising rapes
Mumbai – The gang rape of a married woman at Jogeshwari has revived the bitter memories of Delhi and Shakti Mill gang rape cases and once again established the fact that rape cases are increasing even after making laws stringent to prevent women’s sexual exploitation. City’s former additional police commissioner, Y C Pawar, said, “The rape incidents will keep increasing till mentality of the people does not change.” An incident of gang rape on a photojournalist in Shakti Mill premises came to fore in August 2013. From December 2013, as many 150 rape cases were registered in the city and police could solve only 123 cases. In the year 2014, total 610 rape cases were registered by the Mumbai Police and accused in 555 cases were put behind the bars. In the next year (2015), the number of cases increased as 712 rape cases were registered and 643 accused were arrested by the city police. Until August this year, 443 rape cases were filed in the police stations and police arrested 389 persons involved in these crime cases. Though the detention percentage in rape cases is over 90, the increasing number of rape cases is really a worrying factor for the metropolitan city. YC Pawar targeted the criminal justice system. He said that police have the ways to deal with such criminals but human rights committees and other such factors come in between due to which criminals secure bails from the court or appeal against their indictment. “It is wrong to expect that police have a magical wand,” said the former cop.