Over 2000 girls, women from Mumbai remain untraced: Maha govtJuly 15, 2018 14:22
During the last five years more than 26,000 girls and women went missing from Mumbai alone, out of which 24,444 were found and 2,264 are yet to be traced, revealed the Maharashtra government data.
The data was produced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a written reply while replying to a query by Congress MLAs in the Legislative Assembly.
The monsoon session of the state legislature is currently underway in Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra.
"(A total of) 26,708 women, including 5056 minor girls, had gone missing from 2013-17, out of which 24,444 were found. However, 2,264 of them are yet to be traced," stated Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and other Congress leaders had sought to know the number of missing women and girls.
Fadnavis said 4758 of 5056 girls who had gone missing had been found.
Among the 26,708 women who had gone missing, 21,652 women were above 18 years, of which 19,686 have been found.
The figures exhibit a rising number of minor girls going missing since 2015, while there has been a consistent rise of women, over 18 years of age, going missing since 2013.
The chief minister clarified that as per the Supreme Court directives given in May 2013, all missing complaints regarding minors should be registered as kidnapping and not missing. Hence the data shows an increasing trend.
Fadnavis said in the case of minors, a total of three offences had been registered in city police stations for kidnapping with intent to make children beg for money. Out of those, two accused have been convicted while one was acquitted.
In the case of women over 18 years of age, 11 offences were registered for using women to perform immoral acts, out of which 10 are sub-judice, as per the data. -- PTI