"....Interestingly, 97.46% of the victims said that they knew the perpetrator, who, in most of the cases, turned out to be a boyfriend or benefactor who promised to marry the victim...."
Cases of rape increase by 7% in GujaratParth Shastri, TNN | Jun 25, 2013, 06.44 AM IST
However, they did not stop at that, as they went on to gang rape four women aged between 17 and 35 years after dragging them to the nearby bushes. rural police tracked the assailants a week after the incident, when more tumbled out of the closet, as many of had refrained from even lodging a complaint.
The NCRB report 'Crime In India 2012' states that in Gujarat, considered to be one of the safest states in the country, rape incidents have increased by 7.7%. Other crimes against women have also seen a rise. Cruelty by husbands and in-laws has increased by 10%, and assault on women has increased by 8.8%. Overall, in 2012, the state reported 9561 cases, as compared to 8815 in 2011.
According to the data, most of the women who reported rape were in the age group of 18 to 30 years. Rural areas reported 73% more cases than cities. Interestingly, 97.46% of the victims said that they knew the perpetrator, who, in most of the cases, turned out to be a boyfriend or benefactor who promised to marry the victim. In eight cases, fathers were named as rapists, whereas in 28 cases, close relatives were accused.