The Madhya Pradesh government would hire a private agency to conduct a survey in big cities from where most cases of crime against women, especially eve- teasing, are reported, and its inputs will be used to curb the menace, the Assembly was informed today.
For this, a private agency is going to be hired, he said during the Question Hour.
The agency would be asked to visit the areas from where eve-teasing cases are reported. Its officials would talk to the victims and provide suggestions on how to deal with the issue, Singh said.
Police authorities, in turn, would be asked to follow those suggestions in their crime prevention measures, said the minister.
Singh claimed the crime against women in Madhya Pradesh has come down in the last few years.
His assertion came after Jitu Patwari (Congress) said under the BJP government, the crime rate against women has shot up considerably during the last couple of years.
The minister said the government was making an all-out effort to arrest the crime graph against women. In December, the Assembly unanimously passed a bill awarding death to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.
Patwari, however, said the conviction rate in rape cases was a poor 20 per cent.
To this, Singh said they are going to appeal against the trial courts' acquittal of accused in such cases to ensure the culprits are punished.
Later, during the Zero Hour, the Congress staged a walkout from the House to protest recent incidents of crime against girls.
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