Missing women – 6188 Nos. since 2015.
Women and children missing since 2015 is totaling to 6188. It is a very sad state and distressing to know that a large number of women including children are going missing in Karnataka. A notable number remaining untraced.
Missing women data:
According to the latest Karnataka State Police report to the Lokayukta, a total of 6188 women are missing in last 4 years. They have remained untraced. Apart from women 385 girls and 380 boys are missing and remain untraced.
Lokayukta directives on missing women:
The Lokayukta had directed the police to find out the exact number of women missing including girls and boys in the State. The police have been directed the police to submit a report with the name and address of each missing women, boy and girl.
It is very difficult to find and rescue those who have been trafficked. Human trafficking whether for sexual exploitation or for labor has the support of dishonest police and politicians.
Police say many of these women may have left home willingly. In some instances kidnapping might have been the reason due to rivalry. Some might have been prey to human trafficking.
The Lokayukta has directed the authorities to fix daily wages reasonably to people who have been rehabilitated at beggar relief centres at the State. Around 2800 persons are housed in the State in 14 centres.
At present Rs.10 is paid per day as a daily wage and Rs.3000/- will be given at the end of the third year at the centre. Lokayukta directed the Central Relief Committee to pay more as wages as the amount being paid is on the lower side.
Anti-human trafficking units and Operation Muskan to rescue Missing women:
The State of Karnataka has 9 anti-human trafficking units. The units are located at Bengaluru,Hubbali-Dharwad, Mysuru, Belagavi, Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Raichur,Kalaburagi, Davanagee and Vijayapura.
The police are giving instructions to all unit heads to take up a special drive. Operation Muskan is to review cases of missing women and children since 2013.
Operation muskan is to trace destitute and missing women and children. After tracing them reuniting them with their families.
The main aim of the program is to prevent women and child trafficking. Rescuing children and women from those who try to engage them in begging, sexual trade and other anti-social activities.
Two import things needs attention. One of them being the need by the police department to improve the skills in tracing the missing persons. Only half of the missing persons are being traced and reunited with the families.
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