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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rapes on minors outnumber those on women in Mumbai

Rapes on minors have outnumbered those on women in the city, making the former more vulnerable and soft targets of the crime.

Till February this year, the city police has registered 36 rape cases out of which 23 are of rapes on minors.

In 2009, a total of 182 rape cases were registered out of which 128 belong to cases of rapes on minors. In 2008, a total of 216 cases were registered in the city in which 147 belong to cases of rapes on minors.

In many cases, the culprit either is a relative, neighbour or someone living in the same locality where the girl stays. The culprits feel that they could get away after threatening the girls of dire consequences.

In order to reduce crime against women, children and senior citizens, City Police has also started 103 helpline two years ago.

Nadita Shah, co-director of an NGO which is working for Women issues, believes that educating parents and minors about child sexual abuse could help bringing down such incidents.

"When minor girl complains to her parents that a man or a boy is touching her, making her feel uncomfortable, many a times parents don't take their daughter's complaints seriously," Shah said adding "the parents should not ignore what their daughters say. They should trust their child."

She feels that many complaints are not registered due to the fear of social stigma.

"The notion in the society that a man or a boy can have more than one girl or a woman should also be changed," Shah added.

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