Since ONLY women can file rape cases in India and only men can be accused of rape, they do so when relationships don’t go their way. The conviction rate in such cases is less than five per cent.
Most cases of rape are actually cheating, say cops
Cases of non-consensual sex (rape) are only four out of the 104.
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By Chaitanya Swamy H M, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Dec 29, 2015, 05.43 PM IST
With an increase in the number of crimes against women recently, the general perception is that Bengaluru is not a very safe city for women. Contradictory to the upsurge of reported cases of rape, molestation, outraging the modesty of a woman and other such, the analysis of data revealed by city police projects Bengaluru as a city safe for women. The cops validate this by saying that most such cases are, in fact, cheating cases.
According to statistics available with the city crime record bureau (CCRB), out of 104 cases registered in 2015 (till date), around 75 were recorded by women who got cheated after being in a relationship. The accused in these cases promised marriage and then defaulted.
Cases of non-consensual sex (rape) are only four out of the 104. Two infamous ones of the-se are the gang-rape of a wom-an in a van in Madiwala and the gang-rape of a woman inside Cubbon Park by security guards. Highlighting these four case, police commissioner NS Megharikh said, “We are only concerned about the four cases of rape where unknown persons committed sexual offence without the consent of the victims. We have taken up these cases seriously and arrested the accused.”
“Cases of rape registered by the victim (woman) after being in a relationship either with the promise of love or marriage, we have been telling openly in the legislative assembly, are not actual crimes against women. It is guidelines of Supreme Court that direct the police to consider the version of woman filing complaint. We will register such cases along with IPC Section 420 and submit the chargesheet along with available evidences in court. The accused has to make his defence in the court. We have also closed a few cases where the woman filed a complaint with some mollified intension,” he said.
The conviction rate in such cases is less than five per cent. Of this, additional commissioner of police (east) P Harisekaran said, “In such cases, it is very difficult to prove rape allegations. These cases attract other laws as the woman and man are fully aware of what they are doing.”
A senior officer elaborated their dilemma over the SC directive to say, “Due to the SC guidelines, the police are scared to take the side of the accused in such cases.”
“It is the duty of the police to see each and every registered case to its logical end. It is up to society how it finds a solution to overcome this problem. We will appreciate if more women file complaints if needed. We are not bothered about numbers,” Megharikh added.