In the past two months, more than 917 women have been reported missing from Mumbai. Although no missing woman has turned out to be dead, the Mumbai police have reported that out of the 917, around 590 are between the age of 16 and 25 years.
The young missing women constitute nearly 65 percent of the total missing person’s list. According to the police and experts, the women between the age of 16 years and 25 years are more rebellious compared to older women. The police divide the data of missing persons into age groups of 0 to 10, 11 to 15, 16 to 25, 26 to 40 and 40 and above. More than 80 percent of these women run away from home after a tiff with family member or lovers.
The police officers said that they have been successful in reuniting 63 percent, or 583, of the total missing women with their families. Even in 2016, the figures were same for the period of first two months. in January and February last year 5,790 women were reported missing. Of those, 3,797, or 66 percent, were traced. In the 16-25 age group, 3,510 women disappeared, of them 1,163 (33 percent) could not be traced. Three women in the same age bracket were found dead. Between 2010 and 2014, 20 missing women were found dead while in 2015 the number stood at four. The officers said that of the total data so far just 2 percent were found forcibly kidnapped, the rest ran away from home following a love affair, job opportunity or fight with family.
‘Many of these women return home after realising their mistake, however, the percentage of such girls is low,” said an officer.
However, experts also said that more than 40 percent of the missing women are victims of human trafficking or lured by boyfriends to elope. “Girls from villages are lured with jobs in big cities and then sold for money,” said a social worker.