In a recent press conference, the Madhya Pradesh DGP, VK Singh stated that there has been a rise in the number of cases of 'fake kidnappings' because women are apparently more independent now than they were before.

Source: Times of India

In a clip posted by ANI, he is quoted as saying:

A new trend has been seen in the form of IPC 363. Girls are becoming more independent as they are going to schools and colleges, so in today's society, this is a reality. In these cases, the girls leave home but the report is of kidnapping.

The statement comes in the light of two rape cases in the state involving minors of ages 8 and 5.

In a particularly apathetic gesture, the police reportedly asked one of the victim's family members to give him gutka.

Source: Blog/iPleaders

According to certain reports, more than 6000 cases of kidnapping were reported in Madhya Pradesh in 2016 alone.