Reports of rape have almost doubled in 2013 in New Delhi

New Delhi, Mar 6 (EFE).- Rape complaints in New Delhi have almost doubled so far in 2013 compared to the year before with an average of four such attacks being reported per day, India's deputy interior minister reported Wednesday.

During the first month-and-a-half of this year, 181 rapes were reported to police, which is almost double the number reported during the same period in 2012, Mullappally Ramachandran said in an address to Parliament broadcast by NDTV television.

Activists attribute this increase in rape reports to the social phenomenon unleashed by the rape-murder last December of a 23-year-old student in this capital.

"More women are denouncing the attacks than before thanks to the December protests," Ranjana Kumari, the director for the Center for Social Research in New Delhi, told Efe.

At the beginning of this month, about 300 people protested the rape of a 7-year-old girl at a public school in the capital, a demonstration that was broken up by the police wielding nightsticks.

Also, on Feb. 20, the residents of the town of Murmadi, in Maharastra state, took to the streets when the police refused to investigate the deaths of three sisters aged 6, 9 and 11 whose bodies turned up at the bottom of a well.

Autopsies revealed that the girls had been raped.

Activists accuse the police of not registering rape complaints and even of trying to force women who have been raped to marry their assailants.

Indian activists believe that just one out of every 10 rape victims reports the crime while the rest remain silent to avoid the social stigma attached to such an admission.