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The Rape Capital of India



For the first time in history, Delhi is officially the “rape capital” of India. Number of cases proportionate to women population earns it infamy




Even while the pace of increase in the number of reported rapes in the city has slowed down, the number of such cases proportionate to its women population was higher than for any other city or State last year.
During the past years, Delhi reported a larger actual number of reported rapes than other cities, but cities in Madhya Pradesh, including Gwalior and Jabalpur, reported higher numbers of rapes proportionate to their populations. This year, Delhi is higher in both absolute and proportionate terms, show data from the National Crime Records Bureau released on Tuesday. The NCRB collates data from all first information reports filed in police stations across the country.
The city reported 1,813 rapes in 2014, up from 1,441 in 2013. While Delhi continues to lead other big cities in the number of reported rapes, the increase in reported cases has tapered after a sharp spike in 2013. In Mumbai, in contrast, while the number of reported rapes was comparatively lower, there was a sharp spike between 2013 and 2014, from 391 to 607 cases. Nearly all of India’s custodial rape — 189 of 197 cases — was reported in Uttar Pradesh, which along with Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest numbers of alleged gang rapes.
For the country as a whole, as the number of reported crimes against women increased to over 3.3 lakh, or 56 incidents per lakh women, the rate of increase has tapered off. There was a sharp rise in reported crimes against women between 2012 and 2013, as a result of increased awareness following the December 2012 gang-rape, but the increase was sharply lower between 2013 and 2014, the police say.
While the share of reported rape cases in which the offender was known to the victim remained significantly high at 86 per cent, it was substantially lower than in past years, when the proportion was 94 per cent or higher.
There was a sharp rise in reported crimes against women between 2012 and 2013, as a result of increased awareness following the December 2012 gang-rape, but the increase was sharply lower between 2013 and 2014, the police say.
While the share of reported rape cases in which the offender was known to the victim remained significantly high at 86 per cent, it was substantially lower than in past years, when the proportion was 94 per cent or higher.
The new data all but establish Delhi as the country’s crime capital; the rate of cognisable crime under Indian Penal Code charges, which grew by only a few percentage points for the country as a whole, nearly doubled for Delhi, to 856 per lakh population.
This places the city next only to Indore in terms of cognisable crime proportionate to its population, but Indore’s crime rate grew only marginally between the two years.
Contributing to the spike in Delhi was a sharp increase in cases of robbery, burglary and theft, especially auto theft. The capital now accounts for over a fifth of all crime in all big cities.
Nationally, the country recorded nearly 34,000 murders. The country recorded 66,000 incidents of riots, but the majority was classified as not sectarian, political or caste-based but as “others”.

Delhi is now India’s rape capital, show NCRB data August 19, 2015 RUKMINI S.

Delhi slipped from the third to a fourth position in the foreign tourist arrivals list, recently released by the Union Tourism Ministry, and the Delhi Police seems to think they know why. In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, they said that the media portrays a `twisted picture' of Delhi as the `rape capital' and `crime capital' of India, and this is affecting the way tourists perceive the city. Delhi Tourism officials also revealed that after the Uber rape incident, the number of foreign tourists travelling to Delhi has gone down to 30-40%. 



Fluctuating numbers since 2012 

It's not the first time that the number of foreign tourists visiting Delhi has gone down. The numbers have been fluctuating since the Nirbhaya and the Danish woman rape cases. According to the foreign footfall figures of 2013-14 of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) based on ticket sales at the three world heritage sites in the city - Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort - there was a decrease of 30% in ticket sales to foreign tourists.The industry experts had attributed the decline to the adverse publicity attracted by Delhi after the December 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape

Then, the gang-rape of a Danish tourist in Delhi led to more shame for the capital. The 51-year-old woman was attacked when she asked for directions to return to her hotel in Paharganj. After the incident, when Delhi Times spoke to the female travellers in Paharganj, we found that it no longer seems to be the friendly tourist hub it used to be, and the tourists were guarded and cautious, telling us that travel blogs and their personal experiences helped them understand the city. Travel advisories issued by foreign countries also show that they see India as a very unsafe place. 

However, the numbers did go up - as we'd reported last year - when due to good reviews by foreign tourists, Delhi moved up in the list of travellers.In April 2014, Delhi ranked 11th in a list of top 25 tourist destinations in Asia in a survey by TripAdvisor. It had gone up from spot 19 to 11 as the most admired and well reviewed destination in the continent. Besides, the city had also regained its position as the number one destination in India. 

Again, the Uber rape case in December 2014 and the India's Daughter documentary in March this year reinforced Delhi's negative image. Following that, in May, 27-year-old Britisher Lucy Hemmings caused a social media uproar through her blog, revealing two instances of men publicly involved in obscene acts while staring at her, during her visits to India in Mumbai in 2014 and Rishikesh in 2012. 

The numbers will bounce back 

According to the tourism ministry report, there has been a decline in foreign tourist footfall from almost every country. Most of the tourists still come from the US, but the UK, which was second on the list, has now slipped to third position. If we compare the data of foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) in 2013, the share of the US in FTAs was 15.58 million tourists, while in 2014 it was only 14.57 million tourists. 

For the UK, it was 11.62 in 2013 while in 2014, it's only 10.92.However, tour operators say that even though the numbers are fluctuating, Delhi will eventually bounce back. 

A tour operator from a leading company said, "It's not that female tourists didn't come to India, but they didn't come to Delhi. They preferred to skip Delhi after the incidents. Not just women, but a number of tourists in general also planned visits elsewhere in India, instead of Delhi, and the major decline was from the US and UK. There are more group travellers here in larger numbers than the single backpackers, especially when it comes to women. After every shocking incident, the firang arrivals fluctuate, but they eventually catch up. We have been observing this trend for the last 3-4 years." 

Subhash Goyal, president, Indian Association of Tour Operators, says, "We will go with the data of the Union Tourism Ministry, and such negative news affects tourism, but only to an extent.The numbers increase soon.Tourism departments of other states are also working hard to attract foreign tourists. The situation will improve soon." 















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