Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh recorded highest
number of rapes in the country during last five years,
according to the National Crime Bureau.
However, as per the figures given by state government, it
stands third in the number of rape cases, Girija Vyas,
Chairperson, National Commission for Women, told reporters
Vyas voiced concern over the high number of rapes in the
state, and lower ratio of convictions in such cases.
She said 2,896 rapes took place in the state in 2007
and the figure came down marginally to 2,117 in 2008.
The Commission has already proposed a number of laws
relating to women, of which some have been enacted, she said.
Vyas said the Commission has now proposed a sexual
assault bill which will cover all other forms of harassment,
including eve teasing, other than rape.
She denied that women sometimes file false cases of rape,
saying no woman would like to earn a bad name in the society.
There was little awareness about the Domestic Violence
Act under which a woman can seek legal redressal for domestic
violence against her, Vyas said.