Madhya Pradesh/ Indore leads in number of minor girls going missing, Bhopal second

  • Maximum girls are disappearing from urban areas of the state
  • This disclosure has been made in the data of missing children from every district of the state from the year 2012 to 2019 (till June).

Bhopal: The 17-year-old daughter of Om Prakash Rajput, a resident of Sarvadharma Colony (Damkheda A-Sector) in Kolar, has been missing for the last 3 months. The whole family has made many trips from the police station to the Chief Minister’s residence to search for her, but the result is still a cipher.

386 girls went missing in 2018, 256 in first six months of 2019 in Bhopal: This is not the story of the Rajput family alone, but on an average 300 families are falling victim to such incidents every year in all cities of the state. As many as 386 minor girls went missing from Bhopal in 2018. From January to June 2019, 256 minor girls went missing.

This is the highest number of girls missing in any one year and six months in the last 7 years. This disturbing revelation has been made in the analysis of the data of missing children from every district from 2012 to 2019 (till June).

Number of girls going missing increasing: According to the data available with the MP police headquarters, the maximum number of minor girls in the state are disappearing from urban areas. The number of minor girls disappearing every year is increasing in cities like Rewa, Sagar, Satna, and Ujjain, besides Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Gwalior.

In some districts, the number of girls recovered could be more than those that went missing in some years, as girls belonging to other places were recovered in those districts.

The number of missing girls in rural areas is either decreasing or stable. In 2018, 593 girls went missing from Indore. In 2019, 349 girls went missing from January to June, which is the highest number of girls missing from any district of the state in any one year and six months.

(Story by Harekrishna Dubolia)