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Updated: 03-11-2018 17:04 IST

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari

alleged Saturday that there was enormous rise in crime against

women in Madhya Pradesh under the Shivraj Singh Chouhan


The ruling BJP rubbished the charge, saying it was an

attempt to malign the state's image.

The overall crime graph in the state has risen,

Tiwari, a former leader of opposition in Uttar Pradesh

Assembly, said at a press conference here.

Madhya Pradesh is going to the polls on November 28.

"Cases of abduction of women and girls have gone up by

755 per cent under the Chouhan government between 2004 and

2016. The number of cases of abduction of women was 584 in

2004, which went up to 4,994 in 2016," he said.

"The number of cases of rape of minor girls was 710 in

2004, which reached 2,479 in 2016," he alleged.

A report by a reputed management consultant firm has

dubbed Madhya Pradesh the country's most insecure state for

working women, and the rising crime has hampered the state's

progress, he said.

During Chouhan's 13-year-rule, 30,000 murders, 46,000

rapes and more than 2.25 lakh heinous crimes were reported,

the Congress leader alleged.

The conviction rate is very low and 79 per cent of

cases were pending in courts as of 2017-end, he said.

"There is a competition between Madhya Pradesh and

Uttar Pradesh as to which state would secure the first place

in crime. The top two places are secured by these two

BJP-ruled states," he said.

Reacting to Tiwari's claims, state BJP spokesperson

Rajnish Agrawal said that "outside leaders" were trying to

tarnish Madhya Pradesh's image.

"Under the rule of Congress's chief minister Digvijay

Singh, MP led in atrocities against Dalits and tribal women.

The state was infested with dacoits and Naxals," he said.

"Under the BJP rule, the organised crime has been

finished. Naxalism and dacoity have been ended," Agrawal


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