Sex crimes against kids in city dou­bled in ’18

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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