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No end to ordeal for Gurugram's Nirbhayas

Gurugram: A distance of 28 km separates Munirka from Gurugram. The gruesome incident in Munirka on the night of December 16, 2012, also affected citizens of Gurugram, many of whom participated in protests at Jantar Mantar and Rajpath to bring about a change in the way crimes against women are dealt with.
Five years hence, the situation can be gauged from the fact that there have been more than 130 cases of crimes against children in 2017. The data shows a sharp rise from 48 cases that were registered in 2015.
While crimes against minors are a big challenge for law enforcement agencies, other aspects of crime against women also continue to be a big problem. As per police records, this year, there have been 123 cases of rapes and 295 incidents of molestation that have been reported officially. All these figures are way above the data recorded in previous years.
Lack of infrastructure, like a proper helpline number, has also increased the troubles for the victims. While difficulties of getting through the police helpline number of 100 is well documented as reported from some of the previous cases, a major setback has been withdrawal of WhatsApp number.
The number 8586976050 which was created for women victimised by sexual crimes has ultimately faded out due to lack of information and participation. There have been various cases where victims have alleged that police have not filed a proper FIR in cases of molestation and even attempts of sexual assault.
The lapses in the police workings were exposed earlier this year when a 19-year-old old was gangraped in Manesar and her 9-month-old girl child was smothered to death. It took more than a week for the police to initiate investigation and closed the case as proper FIR was not registered in the incident. "It is unfair to target police every time. Yes, there are times we commit mistakes but most of the rape cases have been solved by us. A greater emphasis must also be paid to change the regressive mindset of some members of the society," said a senior officer at Gurugram police.
Finally, the slow pace of justice system has resulted most victims of rapes and molestation backing out in the fight for justice. While most of the cases get rejected on account of fake cases, many litigants also do not pursue their case because of long duration.
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