Delhi’s Aman Vihar unsafe for women, one policemen for every 4,100 residents
Aman Vihar in outer Delhi reported 40 rape cases in 2014, the maximum in an area covered by one police station. The gang rape of two girls by five youths in the same neighbourhood on Wednesday shows how police have failed to make the area safer.
Two months ago, two minors were sexually assaulted in Aman Vihar, leading to a massive protest against the police for failing to check crimes against women.
The Aman Vihar police station covers 24 sq km — one of the largest in Delhi. Large tracts of open fields and congested semi-urban villages fall under its jurisdiction.
There is just one police officer for every 4,100 residents. In contrast, the police public ratio for the rest of Delhi is 1:250.
Accommodation is cheap. Small factories run from many houses in the area. One can get a room for about Rs 1,000. Migrant workers often bring their families along and work in these factories.
On Wednesday, two girls, aged 17 and 18 years, out for an evening stroll with their male friends, were gang-raped by five youths .
A police officer said the girls, both residents of Kirari, went to meet their male friends at the Mundka Metro station at 7.30 pm. The two couples went to field, near a Metro construction site.
Five youths from a nearby slum who were passing by the area spotted them. “The youths approached the couples and threatened the girls that they will call the police,” an investigating officer said.
“When the two male friends protested and accused the youths of moral policing, the youths beat them and forced them to leave,” the officer said.
Police said that the two girls tried to escape, along with their male friends, but they were overpowered and gang-raped by the five youths. “Before fleeing the crime spot, the youths threatened to kill the girls if they reported the crime to anyone,” said the officer.
The girls returned home and informed their family about the incident. An officer said that a medical examination of the girls confirmed rape.
DCP (outer) Vikramjit Singh said police have caught four youths involved in the case. Police refused to name the four and said that they are verifying their age.
“We registered a case under sections of protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC). Investigation is on,” Singh said.
An officer said of the four accused, one is a pursuing his graduation and the others are school drop-outs and unemployed.
“Identities of the alleged rapists were established based on the description given by the victims. We used our local intelligence sources to track the accused. Four of them were caught by Thursday evening. Efforts are on to nab the fifth suspect,” the deputy commissioner said.