In 2011, cases of atrocities reported against women were 2,28,650, going up to 2,44,270 in 2012 and 3,09,546 in 2013, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said in a written reply, citing National Crime Records Bureau data.

"...the figures shows an increasing trend (of crime against women)," she said.

To a related question on plans to build residential hostels for working women who in particular are victims of such atrocities, the Minister informed the House that her Ministry was financially supporting a scheme for construction and running of hostel in rented premises for the working women who may be single, widowed, divorced or separated or married.
    
Since the inception of the programme in 1972-73, 916 hostels have been sanctioned under the scheme across the country, she said.

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