Sex crimes against kids in city doubled in ’18
New Delhi: The national capital reported a doubling of cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) in 2018 compared with the previous year. The police attribute the trend to the rising awareness among people.
According to Delhi Police data, 165 cases were reported till November 30 last year, compared with 88 in 2017.
The Act deals with sexual abuse, harassment and pornography against minors.
Out of the 165 cases, the police claimed to have “worked out”, or initiated action, in 140 cases and arrested 144 accused, according to the data. Ninety-five people were arrested and action taken in 86 of the 88 cases in 2017.
While 80 cases in 2018 were pending trial, investigations in 82 such incidents were yet to conclude.
In 2017, 77 cases were awaiting trial, while 35 were still being probed as of the end of the year, according to data. As in 2017, the police issued challans to 80 accused in 2018.
According to officers, the rise in number of cases is mainly due to increase in public awareness.
Last year, more Delhiites, especially the poor, came forward and reported such crimes against children to the police.
There’s been a steady rise in the numbers of cases since 2012, since the Act was established, they added.
In almost 90% of the cases, offenders are known to the victims, making it more difficult for them to approach the cops, according to the police. However, such offenders, cops claimed, were arrested soon after the police were informed.
Apart from family members of victims, hospital staff have also helped the police in taking action. For example, acting on the information given by hospital personnel, a 19year-old was arrested when his cousin sister was admitted for delivery in Najafragh in December last year. During counselling, the girl said she had been raped by her cousin brother since the last four years, senior officers said.