Sunday, October 07, 2007

MP’s Missing children figures fudged !

Only 199 children have gone missing in the last twenty two years in the state of Madhya Pradesh. As per the (NCRB) National Crime Records Bureau data, listed on its web site which has figures for the period 01/01/1985 to 31/08/2007 reveals the same. If one totals the figures listed on its various columns and taking children upto the age of 18 years (as per state in International Convention on the rights of the Child only 199 children have gone missing in last twenty years in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The figures provided are as follows -

Male in the age 0-12 yrs - 52
Female in the age of 0 – 12 yrs - 56

Male in the age of 12- 18 yrs – 65
Female in the age of 13- 18 yrs – 26

The Week a National Magazine, September last year had an article stating that more than ten thousand girls are been trafficked from the state of MP and Chhatisgarh alone.

What kind of figures is NCRB putting on its site ?

Activists working in the field of child protection say that, figures are fudged, reporting is almost to minimal and hardly done. Number of unreported cases is much much higher than reported cases. In fact there is no proportion. In many cases parents of missing children go to the police only after they lose contact with the children...

May be a call for civil society and media to raise not the concern but an alarm or else children of the state will go missing unreported.

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