In a shocking case, a Mumbai cab driver was allegedly raped by a constable of the Railway Protection Force near the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). The incident that took place on Monday evening came to light after the cabbie filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police. An IANS report said that not only did the constable rape the cab driver but he also took away the car keys. The accused has been identified as one Amit Dhankad. There are reports that the Railway Protection Force has suspended Dhankad following the assault came to light.
According the police complaint, the cabbie was approached by the accused while he was sitting on a bench at the P D'Mello Road near the near the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Dhankad asked the cabbie to take him to nearby Grant Road, a well-known red light area. When the man refused to take him to his desired destination, Dhankad beat him up and dragged him to dim-lit area near the CSMT. Dhankad brutally assaulted the cab driver. He also robbed the cabbie of some cash and other belonging. He also took away the keys of the cab, the man said in his police complaint.
According to the IANS report, the accused was arrested from his house on Monday night itself.
India doesn’t have any data on rapes of males. Meanwhile, the NCRB data shows disturbing, upward trend of crime against women. As many as 3,59,849 cases of crime against women were registered across the country in 2017, continuing the upward trend for the third consecutive year, the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data released on Monday showed. In 2015, 3,29,243 cases of crimes against women were registered and 3,38,954 cases were registered in 2016. The cases categorised as crimes against women include murder, rape, dowry death, suicide abetment, acid attack, cruelty against women and kidnapping, etc.
According to the NCRB data for 2017, which was released after a delay of more than a year, the maximum cases were registered in Uttar Pradesh (56,011) -- the country's most populated state.
Maharashtra recorded the second-highest number of crimes against women with 31,979 cases, followed by 30,992 in West Bengal, 29,778 in Madhya Pradesh, 25,993 in Rajasthan and 23,082 in Assam, the data said.
Delhi, however, saw a decline in crimes against women for the third straight year. As many as 13,076 FIRs were registered in 2017, down from 15,310 in 2016 and 17,222 in 2015, the NCRB report said.
Assam recorded the highest crime rate of 143 in the country in 2017. Crime rate is offences registered per one lakh people. Odisha and Telangana recorded the second-highest crime rate of 94 each, followed by Haryana (88) and Rajasthan (73).
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