In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Parathibhai Chaudhary said data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau showed that the cases of assault on women by her husband or his family members rose from 99,135 in 2011 to 1,06,527 in 2012 and further to 1,118,866 cases in 2013.

Admitting that the numbers showed a 'rising trend', the minister said there were adequate provisions within the Indian Penal Code to safeguard the modesty of women.

"Moreover, the Criminal Law (amendment) Act, 2013 comprehensively covers all aspects of crimes against women," he said.

The Minister also raised the issue of abduction of women rising in India. Cases of kidnapping of women and girls are on the rise in India, with Uttar Pradesh registering the maximum number of cases, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said 2,085 cases of abduction were reported in Delhi in 2011, while the figure rose to 2,160 in 2012 and 3,609 in 2013.

A total of 141 people were convicted in 2011, and while the figure rose to 190 in 2012, it fell to 154 in 2013 despite the sharp rise in the number of cases.

Overall, the union territories reported 51,881 cases of abduction in 2013, up from 38,262 in 2012 and 35,565 in 2011.

Uttar Pradesh registered the maximum number of kidnappings of women and girls at 9,737 in 2013. A total of 2,215 people were convicted for the crimes.

In 2012, the state reported 7,910 cases and 2,155 people were convicted, while in 2011, 7,525 people were kidnapped and 3,911 convictions took place.

The states too showed an upward graph in the total number of cases, with 48,044 cases in 2013 against 36,004 in 2012 and 33,403 in 2011. Meanwhile, the least number of cases among states was reported from Mizoram.

In 2013, only two cases were reported and one person was convicted. Of the three registered cases in 2012, all three accused were convicted. In 2011, no case was reported in Mizoram.

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