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5,000 go missing every year

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Raghava M.

Among women who go missing, most are in 16-30 age group

BANGALORE: After the serial murders of women in Mangalore came to light recently, the top brass of the police set up a special cell to monitor instances of missing women in Bangalore. And, an interesting statistic has emerged: in the last two months, of the total 508 people missing, 213 are women in the age group 16 to 30.

Overall, on an average, about 5,000 persons (including of men and women) go missing every year in the city. In the last 10 months, 4,450 have gone missing.

Many women in the age group 16 to 30 went missing as they travelled home from school, college, private tuitions, dance classes, office and shopping. There are cases of domestic help from the north and eastern States going missing. One among them is Ashi (20) of Ludhiana who disappeared from her employer’s house at Kundanahalli Gate and is missing since November 21. The police say there are no clear reasons for the high number of women missing in the age group of 16 to 30. But they speculate that this age group is susceptible and many elope, some run away to escape harassment at home and others leave troubled families in search of a better life. The records also show cases of kidnap. The police say Indumati (16) of Rajajinagar E block was kidnapped on her way home after her class at the MIST Institute in Rajajinagar on November 13. Another girl Gunavati (17) of Koramangala is reported to have been kidnapped on November 20.

With children

In some cases, mothers have gone missing along with their children. Rekha (20) and her seven-month-old daughter have been missing from their house in Mylasandra since November 16. Sathya Kumar (21) and her sister Rajeshwari (16) have gone missing from their house in K.P. Agrahara since November 4.

National trend

Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari said the number of women in the age group 16 to 30 going missing was typically on the higher side. “This is an all-India trend,” he said and added that emphasis was being given on detection of the cases. It went a long way in prevention of human trafficking and in detection of crimes, he said.

The Missing Persons Bureau headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police had been working since November first week for exclusively dealing with cases of missing persons. Apart from preparing list of cases, the Bureau was bringing out booklets every week about missing persons.

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