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Around 12 lakh girls still missing since 2010-12: Survey

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

In 2010-12, about 12 lakh girls were reported missing across the country. Figures, obtained under RTI, suggest they were either exploited or forced into prostitution.

But shockingly, only 881 girls have been rescued by law enforcement agencies, till date. This abysmal rescue rate of missing girls has posed a serious question on the efficacy of State and Central agencies involved in rescue operations.

In a bid to reach out to the lakhs of missing minor girls, still believed to be trapped in brothels or in the clutches of organised gangs using such women for prostitution, the Supreme Court has issued notice on a petition by NGO Guria seeking guidelines and a standard operating procedure to be put in place before any raid, search or seizure is to be conducted by a police party or NGO at brothels across the country.

Additionally, the Court has desired to know if efforts can be made for effective implementation of the laws dealing with prohibition on immoral trafficking in women and prevention against sexual offences committed against children. The NGO Guria, in its petition, showed the dismal figures of registration and tracing minor girls under the various laws dealing with the subject. Between 2005-12, the petition identified 153 minor trafficked victims trapped in brothels of UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Indo-Nepal border, who were rescued at the instance of the petitioner.

In some cases, the police did not cooperate. But more dangerous were the devious techniques employed by brothel owners who either obtained prior information of the raid or had secret rooms and tunnels linking the brothel chambers from where the minor girls are slipped into and kept during the raid. The petition even alleged the role of highly organised crime syndicate aiding the brothels.

According to the petitioner, parental verification of the girls kept in brothels was mandatory with many rescued girls. After they were kidnapped or lured by the organised gangs, the brothel keepers would feed and groom them till the age of about 12-13 years. They are made to believe that the brothel owners are their caretakers and biological guardians. In the initial years, after they are brought to these places, hormonal injections and tablets are forcibly administered with the diet to enhance growth. Already, a petition is pending in Supreme Court where the issue of tracking missing children is being given a serious thought.




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