Bhopal: Senior Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh Ajay Singh on Monday asked the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj "to break her silence" on the rise in crimes against women and children in the BJP-ruled state in the last one year.

Ajay, Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly, said in a letter to Swaraj that she had been vocal in criticising the Central government and the Delhi government after the gang rape of 23-year-old woman in Delhi in December but she did not say a word about rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Bhopal, whose mutilated body was found near the residence of Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta here last week.

Gupta conceded in the Assembly that 2,868 crimes against women had taken place in the state in the first 10 months of 2012, he noted.

Swaraj should direct the BJP government in the state to take steps for the protection of women, minors and innocent children, Ajay said.


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