30 October 2013, 17:00

1,330 rape cases reported in New Delhi in 2013

1,330 rape cases reported in New Delhi in 2013

A total of 1,330 cases of rape were reported in the Indian capital between the start of the year and October 15, the city's police revealed Wednesday during a court hearing.

Delhi Police attributed the huge jump in figures from the 706 rapes reported the previous year to heightened awareness after the fatal December 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old student that led to outrage across the country.

"Earlier many rapes were not reported by victims who feared social stigma. Now more people are coming forward and the pro-active approach of the police has also made a huge difference," Delhi Police spokesman Rajen Bhagat said.

The police revealed the figures after the Supreme Court ordered it to give an account of crimes against women in the city while hearing a case demanding a probe into alleged police excesses during a protest in the city in June, NDTV news channel reported.

Bhagat said the police had given the court a list of crimes between January 1 and October 15. It contained 1,330 rapes, 2,844 cases of molestation and 793 of sexual harassment.

"Crime against women has become quite common, particularly in the last five years," NDTV quoted the court as saying. "Every day in trains and buses girls are subjected to molestation. They are protesting now because people have become more enlightened."

The Delhi gang rape led to protests across the country and international outrage, prompting the government to amend laws to apply stricter punishments for rape. Four men were sentenced to death for their involvement in the crime and have appealed. A juvenile court sent another defendant to a correctional home for three years.

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