Raipur: Opposition Congress on Monday slammed ruling BJP for its alleged failure in curbing incidents of rape and other crimes against women in Chhattisgarh and accused it of "suppressing the voice of the aggrieved".

"Rape and assaults on women have become frequent in the state, particularly in Bastar region. Instead of dealing strongly with such incidents, the state government is trying to suppress the outburst of the affected people", Congress spokesperson Shailesh Trivedi said in a statement.

Expressing anguish over the brutal gang-rape of a paramedic student in Delhi, Trivedi alleged that women in the naxal- dominated Bastar region are being repeatedly assaulted and their safety is a major cause of concern.

"Kidnapping incidents are on the rise in the state and safety of children too has become a major concern", claimed Trivedi. He alleged the Raman Singh government has failed to take any corrective steps to bring down the "growing number" of kidnappings of women.

When contacted, BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma has dismissed the allegations as baseless. "The government is very serious on every issue related to atrocities on women and has always shown promptness in dealing with the cases of crimes targetting women", he said.


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