He made the comment in response to a question from Daw Naw Hla Hla Soe, MP for Yangon Region’s constituency 10, about the bill’s status in the Amyotha Hluttaw (upper house) on Tuesday.
“We would like to see the bill enacted next year,” U Soe Aung said.
After a draft of the bill was submitted to the Myanmar Attorney General’s Office for verification, discussions were also held with a technical advisory committee, he said. Amendments to the draft were submitted again to the Attorney General’s Office for recommendations on October 19.
“The Attorney General’s Office completed its verification and said it will send the draft back as soon as possible,” he said.
The ministry, civil society groups and experts started drafting the bill five years ago.
“According to police, assaults on women have been rising. There were 700 cases in 2006, 800 in 2008 and more than 1000 so far this year,” said Daw Naw Hla Hla Soe.
“These are just the cases that were reported. The actual number could be higher because many were not reported to the police,” she said.