Nearly 129 rape cases were registered in 90 days in only eight north Indian districts, police figures have revealed.
27 rape cases have been reported in Aligarh, 25 in Agra, 26 in Mathura, 19 in Firozabad, 11 in Mainpuri, 9 in Etah, 6 in Kasganj and 6 rapes have been reported in Hathras over the past three months, India Today reported Monday.
A senior police official told India Today that over the course of the three months, 260 people have been charged in the 129 rape cases. Out of which 22 were not prosecuted and let go. While 140 of the 205 remaining suspects were sent to jail, 10 have surrendered in court and 55 are absconding.
Rape crisis reached a new low in the South Asian country after news of the rape of 8-year-old girl Asifa Bano spread like wildfire, drawing widespread condemnation and wrath of people in India, with thousands of people taking to streets nationwide demanding justice.
A senior psychologist at a mental health hospital in another district of Uttar Pradesh, told the Times of India, "In the majority of rape cases where the survivor is a minor, the accused are close relatives, friends or neighbors. People who suffer poor self-esteem, frustration and have no feelings for others search for weak victims such as minors and target them. These offenders are not normal human beings. They are pedophiles."