Rate of rape cases in India on verge

NEW DELHI:In an interview, an Indian teenager who was held captive for two weeks by a gang of men said that she was shot twice and was repeatedly raped before and then dumped in a well on the outskirts of India, New Delhi.

The girl said in the interview,

“After a fortnight of repeated abuse, one night they said they will let me go. They put me in the car and drove to a store to buy alcohol and then parked the car near a well.”

She said that they told me they will let me go soon but said that as she took few steps back they pulled the gun and shot twice. First bullet hit her bone but she felt nothing and the body went numb. But the second shot made her fainted.

Two Indian girls aged two-and-a-half and five years old were raped in separate incidents in New Delhi overnight, with at least one confirmed as a gang rape, police said last year.

Pushpendra Kumar, west Delhi police chief, said they found the younger child bleeding profusely several hours after she went missing and that tests showed she had been raped at least once.

In a separate incident, a five-year-old girl was gang-raped by three men in New Delhi’s eastern Anand Vihar area on Friday night after being lured to a neighbor’s house, police said.

The incidents come one week after a four-year-old girl was reported raped and slashed with a blade before being abandoned by a railway track in the capital.

India recorded 36,735 rape cases in 2014, with 2,096 of them in Delhi.

Experts say those figures likely under-represent the true scale of the crimes.

Several politicians have also sought to blame Western influences for the country’s rise in rapes. But violence against Indian women continues at alarming levels in the world’s second most populous country.

According to official statistics, there were 33,707 cases of rape nationwide in 2013, the latest year for which data were available. This was an increase of 35.2 Per cent over 2012.

Women in conflict areas, such as in India-held Jammu and Kashmir, the north-east, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, as well as vulnerable women, including Dalit or tribal women, were often victims of rape or threats of rape. National crime statistics indicated that, compared with other caste affiliations, rape was most often perpetrated against Dalit women.

Non-governmental agencies claim that due to immunity provisions of the AFSPA, the armed forces were not held responsible for the deaths of civilians in India-held Jammu and Kashmir.

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