"….Interestingly, 97.46% of the victims said that they knew the perpetrator, who, in most of the cases, turned out to be a boyfriend or benefactor who promised to marry the victim…."
Cases of rape increase by 7% in Gujarat
Parth Shastri, TNN | Jun 25, 2013, 06.44 AM IST AHMEDABAD: A group of road construction labourers had gotten shelter from a family living near an abandoned petrol pump near Hansalpur, four kilometers away from Viramgam. As the family of nine retired after dinner in October last year, a group of robbers attacked the shanties and laid their hands on whatever they could find – jewellery, mobile phones and cash.
However, they did not stop at that, as they went on to gang rape four women aged between 17 and 35 years after dragging them to the nearby bushes. A team of Ahmedabad rural police tracked the assailants a week after the incident, when more such cases tumbled out of the closet, as many of the victims had refrained from even lodging a complaint.
The NCRB report ‘Crime In India 2012’ states that in Gujarat, considered to be one of the safest states in the country, rape incidents have increased by 7.7%. Other crimes against women have also seen a rise. Cruelty by husbands and in-laws has increased by 10%, and assault on women has increased by 8.8%. Overall, in 2012, the state reported 9561 cases, as compared to 8815 in 2011.
According to the data, most of the women who reported rape were in the age group of 18 to 30 years. Rural areas reported 73% more cases than cities. Interestingly, 97.46% of the victims said that they knew the perpetrator, who, in most of the cases, turned out to be a boyfriend or benefactor who promised to marry the victim. In eight cases, fathers were named as rapists, whereas in 28 cases, close relatives were accused.