Over 10 Lakh Women Reported Missing Across the Country Between 2019 and 2021

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The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released concerning data on the number of women and girls who went missing in India. In 2021 alone, 3,75,058 women above 18 years of age were reported missing from across the country, according to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, quoting NCRB data.

Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were identified as the two states with the highest number of missing girls and women from 2019 to 2021. In Madhya Pradesh, there was an upsetting upward trend, with 52,119 women missing in 2019, 52,357 in 2020, and 55,704 in 2021. On the other hand, Maharashtra showed a downward trend, with 63,167 women missing in 2019, 58,735 in 2020, and 56,498 in 2021.

Additionally, a total of 90,113 girls (those below 18 years of age) went missing in 2021, with the highest number reported in West Bengal at 13,278. Collectively, from 2019 to 2021, a total of 10,61,648 women and 2,51,430 girls went missing across the country.

The Home Ministry stated that it is the responsibility of respective state governments to maintain law and order, which includes the investigation and prosecution of crimes against women. The ministry also highlighted several initiatives taken for the safety of women, including the enactment of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, to ensure effective action against sexual offenses. Nevertheless, the rising number of missing women and girls remains a significant concern, and efforts to address the issue need to be intensified at both state and national levels.

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