Govt’s ‘ no’ to treat cases of missing girls as trafficking

5,000 of 30,000 missing minor girls untraced

BHOPAL: In the last five years, as many as 4990 girls have gone missing in the state and there is no clue yet about their whereabouts. The case of missing persons must be changed to human trafficking and action should be taken.

Govt’s ‘ no’ to treat cases of missing girls as trafficking

This demand was made by MLA Ramnivas Rawat during the Question Hour. The demand led to uproar in the House. The members of opposition, dissatisfied with the reply of home minister Umashankar Gupta, walked out of the House.

MLA Rawat, raising the issue, claimed that as many as 29,828 minor girls have gone Cmissing since January 2008 and out of them, 24,838 have been recovered. Rawat said 4990 girls are still missing and their cases must be changed into human trafficking.

Home minister Gupta said human trafficking and missing person are two different matters and these cases cannot be turned into human trafficking. Gupta said a special drive will be launched to ascertain the real status of missing girls. Rawat alleged that the government has launched Beti Bachao Abhiyaan and it is not showing concern for the safety of the girls.

Govt admits only 178 cases of trafficking

As per government records, from January 2008, human trafficking of 178 girls has taken place. These include 40 adults and 138 minors. Home minister Umashankar Gupta said 87 cases under human trafficking Act were registered during past five years and 426 accused have been arrested while 65 accused are absconding.

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