New Delhi: In Delhi, about 98 percent of the accused in the rape cases filed “were either close relatives or acquaintances” of the survivors or victims, the Delhi Police informed a parliamentary panel on Wednesday.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs – headed by Congress MP Anand Sharma – was reviewing the functioning of the police in matters related to crime against women.

According to a report by a Delhi-based news organisation NDTV, in 44 per cent of the rape cases in Delhi, the accused was a member of family or a family friend, a relative in 13 per cent cases and a neighbour in 12 per cent of the total cases.

The Delhi Police informed the panel that the accused in 26 per cent of the total cases are somehow known person to the victim, 3 per cent were either employer or co-workers. The accused was a stranger in just 2 per cent of the cases.

During the meeting, members of the panel suggested a number of measures such as more emphasis on gender sensitisation and launching of awareness campaigns to prevent such cases.Those who attended the meeting included Additional Secretary Home Ministry Punya Salila Srivastava and Commissioner of the Delhi Police S N Shrivastava.


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