DELHI – most unsafe city for women is dubbed as the india’s “Rape Capital”

New Delhi, one of the most unsafe cities for women is dubbed as the India’s “Rape Capital”. The brutal gang rape of a student in a bus and her subsequent death caused by the injuries suffered during the assault in 2012 saw India’s criminal laws amended to allow for a death sentence in certain cases of rape. Despite stringent laws, not much has changed on the ground. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), more than 28,000 cases of rape were reported across India in 2020. NCRB data from September 2021 also showed that more than 370,000 cases of crimes against women were reported in the country in 2021. Experts believe that the real figures are much higher as many women do not report such cases due to fear/ shame or both. On the eve of Indian Republic Day, a 20-year-old young girl was abducted, gang-raped and paraded by her attackers on the streets of East Delhi’s Kasturba Nagar with her hair chopped, face blackened and a shoe garland around her neck. The incident has once again highlights the vulnerability of women in the national capital and is described by Police as provoked by personal enmity. Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and a prominent feminist, Kavita Krishnan said, “The stripping and parading, face-blackening are shameful practices of caste-based atrocities against persons of oppressed castes. The bitter truth is that many Indians don’t consider women to be human.” Gandhi tweeted. “This shameful fact needs to be acknowledged and called out.” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir and DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal condemned the brutal assault and the subsequent public humiliation and asked for strong action.