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Need attitude change to reduce rape cases where accused is known to victim: Amulya Patnaik

Press Trust of India 

Police Amulya today called for a change in attitude and mindset for reducing incidents of in which the accused is known to the victim.

According to the statistics shared by the Police, out of the 2,155 cases reported in 2016, only 3.57 per cent involved strangers. This percentage saw a slight decline in 2017 with 3.36 per cent of the 2146 cases involving strangers as accused.

Between January 1 and February 28 this year, 309 cases have been reported and 2.27 per cent of those involve strangers.

"We have been taking a number of measures. The percentage of strangers committing crimes like rape going down is a welcome change. It's a trend which is indicative of women safety measures taken by the police making an impact on the ground," he told on the occasion of the

He expressed concern about the fact that in most of the cases, the crimes are happening either inside the home or in the neighbourhood.

"To reduce such incidents (where accused is known to the victim), one needs more of attitudinal change and a change in the mindset," he said.

The also stressed that they were making efforts to increase the presence of women police personnel in areas where the footfall of women is higher. He also said that are working on a project to induct women into the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, that is involved in anti-terror operations.

"That is also a project which we are working on and we will ensure that it sees a logical end," he said.

Dependra Pathak, chief spokesperson, Police, said that efforts were made to increase the interface between the women police personnel and the public.

There were women beat officers, women on bikes, women on bicycles and 10 all-women PCR vans.

"What the has done in the last one year is that we have increased the women police boots on ground. We have also given a vibrant IT platform for women to contact police," Pathak said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:25 IST