Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh recorded highest number
of rapes in the country during last five years as per the
figures given by National Crime Bureau, the Chairperson of
National Commission for Women, Girija Vyas said here on Thursday.
The state, however, stands third in the country as far as
rape cases are concerned, as per the figures given by state
government, Vyas told a press conference here.
The matter of concern is rising number of rape cases in
the state rather than its statistical position in such cases,
She voiced concerns about the lower ratio of convictions
in rape cases in the state.
Vyas said that 2,896 rapes took place in the state in 2007
and the figure came down marginally to 2,117 in 2008.
Asked if she was satisfied with the performance with
the state government in dealing with rape cases, she said she
was partially satisfied.
She said that the Commission has already proposed a
number of laws relating to women and some of these had been
The Commission has now proposed a sexual assault bill
which will cover all other forms of harassment including eve
teasing other than rape, Vyas.
She denied that sometimes women file false cases of rape,
saying no woman would like to earn a bad name in society
She said that there was little awareness about the
Domestic Violence Act under which a woman can seek legal
redressal for domestic violence against her.
The Commission Chairperson said that under this act a
woman can get a case registered against her husband under
section 498 (A) of the IPC.