A young woman has told how she was gang-raped in an uptown Delhi neighbourhood.
The woman, who is not identified, was sitting in a park on a Monday night when she was approached by two men in a black jeep, who raped her in front of her.
The victim, who lives in a crowded neighbourhood in the capital, said the men were drunk and drunk men and that they wanted her to give them money.
“They gave me money, I didn’t want anything to do with them, but when they got me out of the jeep I realised I had been raped,” she said.
The two men, who had entered the jeeps from the opposite direction, drove away and approached a police station.
The woman said she told the police officers who came to her home that she had been gang-raided and that she was not scared.
“It was like a game, they had been playing since midnight,” she told Al Jazeera.
The police confirmed the rape but declined to provide any details, saying they were investigating the case.
India is a hotspot for sexual violence, and it is a common theme in urban India.
Women’s rights activists have repeatedly accused the police of not doing enough to investigate rape and assault cases in India, and of failing to hold perpetrators to account.
Last year, a group of female activists who live in the eastern Indian state of Odisha filed a formal complaint with the Odisha police alleging that police and the state government were failing to investigate allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violence and assault by police.
The complaint claimed that the Odian police have not registered cases of sexual assault and harassment of women in their jurisdiction.
“The Odian Police has not registered the case of sexual violence against women.
The police have only arrested one person for raping a woman,” activist Priyanka Dutta told Alja.
Dutta is one of several women activists who have written to the Indian government, including the chief minister of Odiya, Arvind Kejriwal, and the government of India, to demand an inquiry into the state’s response to rape and sexual violence.
“We have been told the Odi police are taking no action against perpetrators and the police are not taking action against women and girls.
Why don’t we demand action against the police and women,” Duttar told Aljazeera.
According to Duttas research, around 20% of the 1,000 cases of rape reported in India in 2016 were registered with the police.
The most recent data from the Indian National Crime Records Bureau, which tracks crime across states, shows that rape cases were reported in 10 states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
India has long faced the threat of rising levels of sexual and gender-based violence and abuse in urban areas.
The number of reported rapes in India has risen sharply over the past few years, with an average of six cases reported every week in 2016.
In 2014, the total number of rapes reported in Delhi was nearly 1,100.
A study released last year by the National Commission for Women, a non-governmental organisation, said that a majority of Indian women, and a majority in urban urban areas, said they experienced physical, verbal and sexual abuse during childhood and adolescence.
The report also noted that the violence faced by women was often “the product of neglect, neglect of responsibility, and abuse of power”.
According to a report by the NGO Human Rights Watch in 2016, nearly half of Indian girls and young women who have been sexually assaulted say they experienced the violence.
In Delhi alone, more than 200 cases of women and children being sexually abused are reported every day.
In the capital city, women reported being sexually harassed, assaulted and raped at least two times a day between October 2016 and April 2017, the group said.
Police, however, have failed to prosecute any perpetrators in the cases of these rapes.
The Delhi Police has reportedly registered four rape cases in 2016 and the victim’s father, a resident of the area, has not come forward to file a complaint against his daughter.
In a recent report, the Indian Council of Social Service (ICSS), a national human rights body, said Delhi police are failing to provide basic protection to victims of sexual crime.
The government has not implemented the recommendations of the ICSSS report to make police stations accessible to rape victims.
In an official statement, Delhi police spokesperson Dilip Pandey said that rape victims in the city “have not been offered any safe place to lodge complaints or even a single witness”.
The statement said that since the establishment of the anti-rape law in 2013, there has been a rise in the number of rape cases reported to the police, a “significant increase” in rape cases and the number has increased significantly since 2014.
“The increase in the numbers of rape complaints also indicates that victims do not feel safe in Delhi police stations