Offenders in 92.5% child sexual abuse cases reported in April are known to victims: DGP

Cuttack: Expressing concern over growing number of sexual assault cases on minor in Odisha, Director General of Police Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma on Wednesday said that out of the total cases registered in April (till date) this year, in 92.5 per cent cases the offenders were either relatives or acquaintances of the victims or known to them and belongs to the same local community.

Last week, three minor girls in Cuttack and two each cases in Kendrapara and Balasore districts were reported.

“An analysis of the recent sexual assaults which has taken place in the month of April, 2018 in Odisha was made and to our utter surprise we found that out these cases of sexual assaults on minor girls reported so far, in 92.5% cases the offenders were either relatives/acquaintances of the victims or known to them and belongs to the same local community,” said the DGP in a press conference at the State Police Headquarters here.

The DGP said the trend was extremely disturbing and shameful for any civilized society.

“This calls for serious introspection by one and all,” said Sharma.

Calling for a holistic approach of prompt investigation, arrest of accused persons and early filing of charge sheets followed by close monitoring of prosecution and increase in the rate of conviction shall be a great deterrent, the DGP said the rate of conviction, as per available judgement copies, has increased to 38.5 per cent in 2018 from 17 per cent in 2017.

Sharma said, “It is heartening that in all the sexual assault cases reported, in about 70 per cent cases accused were arrested within 24 hours and at the same time, without any delay in other cases.”

The DGP stressed upon coordination and synergy at horizontal level i.e. investigators, supervisors, prosecutors as well as at vertical level like Police Station, SDPO Office, SP Office, IUCAW, Range Office and Crime Branch.

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