The number of reported rapes being prosecuted in England and Wales has fallen so low that campaigners claim the crime has been ※decriminalised§.

Last year, only 1.5 per cent of almost 55,300 rapes recorded by police were charged 每 a lower proportion than any other type of crime.

The figure has plummeted in the past four years, but the reasons remain shrouded in mystery as different arms of the criminal justice system trade blame.

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