Staff Reporter

‘Incidents of missing women on the rise in Dakshina Kannada’

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday ordered issue of notices to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Western Range, Gopal B. Hosur, and others on a habeas corpus petition seeking a direction to the State and the police to trace a missing woman. The court asked the IGP to be present in the court on Monday, after it was told that several cases of missing persons had been reported from Dakshina Kannada.

The petitioner, Hutchappa Gowda, said his daughter Geetha had been missing since July 16, 2009. He said though he had lodged a complaint with the Puttur police, they had not been able to trace her. He said Geetha went out of the house at 9 p.m. on July 16 and had been missing since then.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Sridhar Rao and Justice Subash B. Adi ordered issue of notices to the IGP and others and asked the IGP to be present in the court on Monday. It orally observed that incidents of missing women were on the rise in the district.