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We need to find our missing Indians!

By Savio Rodrigues

 India is witnessing a shocking trend in the number of cases of missing children, women and men being reported across the country.

In 2020, the missing persons fell by 34295 when compared to 2019, the shocking fact is that in 2020, India was battling COVID-19 pandemic, we still saw a total of  670145 while in 2019, 693003 children, women and men missing across India.

Every hour 88 children, women and men are missing in India. Everyday 2130 children, women and men go missing. And every month 64851 children, women and men go missing.

Every hour an average of 12 children go missing across India.Every day that average is 296 children missing across India. And every month that is a disturbing number of 9019 children missing in India.

In 2019, National Crime Records Bureau data revealed that 1,19,617 children were reported missing in India.

Out the total number of children missing. 69.7 percent were young girls. A shocking total of 82617 girls missing across the country.

Boys constituted 28.4 percent of the total missing children a shocking 33,972; while the remaining were transgenders, 26 children.

In 2019, 59.8 percent of the girls missing were traced and 59 percent of the boys missing were traced. But, over 40 percent of children in the 2019 report are still missing.

The state of Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of cases of missing children, a shocking 17,058 children. In West Bengal, the number reported was 16,027 according to NCRB 2019 Data. Bihar reported 12,404 missing children; Delhi -12,239 and Maharashtra – 8276.

But shockingly at time when India was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Here is the data of missing children in India.

The total number of children missing across India is 108234, according to the NCRB data. 33456 girls were reported missing and 15410 boys were missing. Transgender were 16.

Among the states Madhya Pradesh reported 14,553 missing children cases. West Bengal reported  14071 missing children cases. Bihar reported 12064, Delhi 10658 and Maharashtra 7310.

In 2020, 59.7 percent of the children were traced. 48717 girls were traced. 15832 boys were traced. That’s 61.5 percent and 54.6 percent of girls and boys traced. So 43,661 continues to remain missing.

Let me throw light on the missing women and men across India.

Every hour 48 women go missing across India and 28 men go missing across India. Every day that average is 1160 women and 674 men missing across India. And every month that is a disturbing number of 35304 women and 20528 men missing in India.

In 2019, National Crime Record Bureau data revealed that 422,439 women and 270,433 men were reported missing in India. It is a disturbing total of 693,003 women and men missing across our country. And 121 transgenders too.

Reportedly, according to the NCRB Data, 52.8 percent of missing women have been traced in 2019 and 46.4 percent of missing have been tracked. But shockingly, over 53 percent of men continue to remain untraceable and missing, while over 47 percent of women continue to remain untraceable and not recovered.

According to the NCRB Data, Maharashtra accounts for 124,515 cases of missing women and men. West Bengal had reported 99898 missing cases of women and men. While Madhya Pradesh reported 93,661, Delhi – 48860, Rajasthan – 33626, Chhattisgarh – 28124, Odisha – 27,715 and Tamil Nadu – 27162 cases of missing women and men.

The shocking truth is that 40 percent of children have not yet been traced. 47 percent of women not yet found. 53 percent of men still missing.

Now let’s take a look at the shocking missing women and men data in 2020, when India was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total missing persons – women and men in India in 2020 was a disturbing 670145 persons. That 22,858 less than 2019. Yet when the nation was under a lockdown. Still women and men were missing.

The missing women cases reported in India in 2020 was 423655 and 246343 men, while 147 transgenders were reported missing.

Maharashtra reported the most number of missing persons cases. A shocking 109,585 cases. The cases in Maharashtra were 14,930 less when compared to 2019. West Bengal reported 95081 missing person cases according to the NCRB data. Madhya Pradesh was 91299, Delhi 47524 and Odisha 37068.

So far in 2020 only 49.6 percent missing persons have been traced. 50.4 percent continue to remain untraced. Out of the missing person traced 52.9 percent women were traced and 44 percent men were traced. Leaving 47.1 percent of women still missing and 46 men still untraced across India.

According to NCRB, among the female population, from the age below 5 years to below 18 years, 79233 girls were missing in 2020. From the age 18 years to above 60 years 335009 women were missing.

According to NCRB data, among the male population, from the age below 5 years to below 18 years, 28976 boys were missing in 2020. From the age 18 years to above 60 years 195610 men were missing.

The moot question that remains when we analyze the NCRB data, we are left disturbed over the simple and but hard fact that 50.4 percent children, women and men continue to remain missing.

It is important for families who have lost their relatives for find a closure to these cases.

It is important the Indian government to find out the reasons behind our inability to find our missing people in the country and also set systems to stem the constant rise of the missing children, women and men in India.

The question that remains to be asked is whether some of the missing persons are victims of global human-trafficking; are they victims of the global illegal human organs trade market or are they dead by an act of crime or natural causes.

The truth of that 50.4 percent still remain missing is a haunting and we as citizens must take a firm decision to impress upon the government to find our missing Indians because every child, woman and man is important to a family and important to society, so we need to know what has happened to them.

 

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Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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