BHOPAL: It’s ironic and shocking that even complete lockdown in the nation following Covid-19 situation and heavy police presence on roads failed to stop abduction of women in the state.
At the time when people were not permitted to come out of their houses and borders of the districts and states were sealed, more than 550 women were kidnapped in the month of April and May in Madhya Pradesh.
As many as 207 women were abducted in April and 381 in May.
In the year 2019, 9812 women and girls were kidnapped. The number shot down to 6887 women kidnappings but the fact remains that the crime took place even at the time of nation-wide lockdown.
After the relaxation of national lockdown in the month of June, number of women kidnappings shoot up to 624 and grew further in the following months.
Among the kidnapped lot was mostly the girls. In the year 2019, more than 7000 girls out of 9812 were kidnapped in the state.
In the year 2020, about 73 per cent of the kidnappings were of girls and the rest were women.
Lately, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had given the instruction to the police department to find out the “missing” girls.
The police department had launched the drive to track down the missing or kidnapped victims.
ACS home Rajesh Rajora is monitoring the drive.
Police say that the whenever minor girls go missing, their parents lodge complaint of kidnapping.
In many cases, girls elope with lovers, without informing their parents, but such cases come under the purview of kidnapping as per IPC sections.