Can Indian women trust the police?
A mob vandalized a police station in west Delhi this week after a woman accused five policemen of raping her in a police station.
In 2005, a 16-year-old girl was raped by a drunk constable in south Mumbai in the infamous Marine Drive rape case.
A year later, another police constable was accused of raping a slum dweller in Karnal.
Data from the National Crimes Record Bureau shows courts tried 132 policemen for custodial rape in 2002 but only four were convicted.
Does this mean women who seek the help of the law are better off not reporting crimes committed against them?
Some amendments were made to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act in 2005 to prevent incidents of custodial rape.
For example, the Act prohibits the arrest of women after sunset and before sunrise except in exceptional circumstances.
But how many women know about their rights? And are steps like this enough?
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