File Photo: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi
Delhi has witnessed an 18.3 percent rise in crime against women in 2014 as compared to 2013, with a significant 31.6 percent rise in rape cases, police said on Friday.
A staggering 14,687 cases were registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) till December 15, up from 12,410 in the previous year.
Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that in addition to the measures taken by the force, every woman in Delhi would be trained in self-defence.
"We appeal to everyone to join hands with us so that every woman in Delhi gets trained in self-defence. I want every woman to have a brown belt in judo," said Mr Bassi at the Delhi Police's annual press conference.
"For this we also plan to conduct mapping of Delhi so that we can choose the areas from where the women will be trained," he added.
Police data also revealed that 2,069 cases of rape were registered in 2014 compared to 1,571 cases in 2013.
A total of 4,179 molestation cases were reported in 2014 against 3,345 were reported in 2013.
The cases of harassment stood at 1,282 in 2014 compared to 879 in 2013, while the cases of dowry death touched 147 in 2014 as compared to 137 in 2013.
Mr Bassi also emphasized on the fact that to reduce the number of crime against women, the "mindset of the society" needs to be changed.