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13.13 Lakh Girls, Women Went Missing Between 2019 – 2021: Centre

In the three years between 2019 and 2021, more than 13.13 lakh girls and women went missing in the country. Most of them are from Madhya Pradesh. 

On the other hand, West Bengal is in second place in this matter, where maximum number of girls and women have gone missing in these two years. 

In fact, according to the data presented by the Union Home Ministry in Parliament last week, 10,61,648 women above the age of 18 and 2,51,430 girls below went missing between 2019 and 2021 across the country.

According to the news agency, the data has been compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). 

According to data provided to Parliament, 1,60,180 women and 38,234 girls went missing in Madhya Pradesh between 2019 and 2021. 

A total of 1,56,905 women and 36,606 girls went missing from West Bengal during the same period. In Maharashtra, 1,78,400 women and 13,033 girls went missing during this period.

In Odisha, 70,222 women and 16,649 girls went missing in the three years, while 49,116 women and 10,817 girls went missing from Chhattisgarh in the same period. 

Among Union Territories, Delhi recorded the highest number of missing girls and women. In the national capital, 61,054 women and 22,919 girls went missing between 2019 and 2021, while 8,617 women and 1,148 girls went missing in Jammu and Kashmir.

The government also informed Parliament that it has taken several initiatives for the safety of women across the country, including the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 for effective prevention against sexual offences. 

In addition, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018 was enacted to prescribe even more stringent penal provisions, including death penalty, for rape of girls below 12 years of age.

The Act also mandates completion of investigation and filing of charge sheets in rape cases in two months and completion of trial in the next two months. 

The government has launched the Emergency Response Support System, which provides a pan-India, single internationally recognized number (112) based system for all emergencies, in which computer aided dispatch of field resources to the point of distress.

Using technology to aid smart policing and security management, in the first phase, safe city projects have been approved in eight cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.

Ministry of Home Affairs launched a cyber crime reporting portal on September 20, 2018 for citizens to report obscene content. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs also launched the National Database on Sex Offenders on September 20, 2018, to facilitate investigation and tracking of sex offenders across the country by law enforcement agencies.

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