Inability to describe ordeal or identify culprits is the answer
Speaking to Millennium Post, a senior police official requesting anonymity said: “Recently a study was being conducted by Delhi Police to know the mentality of <g data-gr-id="27">the rapists</g> including juveniles who are the accused of raping toddlers and minor girls. The study was conducted by scrutinising and intensively interrogating the accused who have been apprehended by the police in this regard.”
It has been learnt that in maximum cases (approximately 84 <g data-gr-id="29">per cent</g> of rapes with minors), the accused are the people who are below the poverty line.
“They have a mindset that if they will rape a minor below five years of age, she will not be able to identify them. Also, the toddlers and girls aging in between three and six years are easy to lure. In most of the cases, the accused have lured the victim by offering candies or chocolates,” the official said quoting the study.
Not only this, the minors (0-5 years of age) do not have the ability to differentiate between the <g data-gr-id="26">pear</g> groups and the known persons (such as neighbours, family friends, relative’s friends).
“If the accused targets a woman there is a high possibility that she will report the matter and somehow he would be arrested. But in the case where a minor girl below the age of five is assaulted, she will take <g data-gr-id="36">time</g> to narrate the act to her parents until her parents <g data-gr-id="34">notices</g> something creepy. This gives confidence to the accused that he can evade arrest.”
“Also, in most of the cases, the incidents remain unreported as the parents think that if the case will be reported to police then the proceedings in the court will take more than a decade. By that <g data-gr-id="31">time</g> the girl will be ready for marriage and it might create a problem for searching a partner for her,” the study further says.
It is important to mention that till September 10, about 1,656 rape cases have been registered at various police stations in Delhi. Out of 1,656 cases, 69 cases are registered under POCSO Act.