Armed with NCRB 2014 figures when Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar attacked the NDA governments in several states including Madhya Pradesh on Saturday on the crime records of these states to counter the allegations against him that there is a jungle raj in Bihar he might have hardly realized that Madhya Pradesh government had come out with the horrifying figures of 2015 too.
The government admitted in the state assembly here a couple of days back that as many as 26997 cases of kidnapping/human trafficking/missing persons related to women were reported from November 11, 2014 to January 31, 2016. SC/ST women far exceeded those from the OBC or the general category in number.
Thus on an average every day more than 60 women went missing in the state, many of whom were kidnapped or pushed into human trafficking.
This information came from home minister Babulal Gaur in reply to two unstarred questions from Congress MLA Ramniwas Rawat a couple of days back during the state assembly’s ongoing budget session.
Of the 26997 women who went missing, 6080 were reported kidnapped, 87 pushed into human trafficking and remaining 20630 as missing. As many as 12113 of them came from SC/ST, 9537 from OBC and 5182 general.
Unlike the traditional crime prone areas like Gwalior-Chambal region it’s Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur alarming figures of kidnapping were reported. Indore topped the list of the districts with 516 kidnapping followed by Jabalpur (348) and Bhopal (337).
During the period 20813 women were recovered.
Rape and gang-rape
As per the home minister’s reply in the period of one year from February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 as many as 4744 women were raped our of whom the SC/ST women were 2434 or 51.31%, OBC women 1634 or 34.44% and general women were 676 or 14.25%.
Thus 13 women were raped almost daily on an average.
Of the women raped 2192 were adults and 2552 minors. Sixteen of them were killed after rape while 18 committed suicide out of the fear of social stigma.
During this period 308 women including 122 minors were gang raped. They include 62 SC, 80 ST, 116 OBC and 80 from general category.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Rawat said the figures are self-explanatory about law and order situation in the state. The OBC and the SC/ST were the worst affected. There was no rule of law in the state. It was when police tried to conceal kidnapping or human trafficking cases as the cases regarding missing persons.
Home minister Babulal Gaur said the kidnapping cases might include the cases of those persons too who left their homes willingly but police had to report it as kidnapping as police didn’t refuse to entertain the complaints.
However, he said, police acted on all the complaints swiftly and tried to work it out. Recovery of more than 20000 women during the period was a proof in itself.
Madhya Pradesh topped the list of states in rape cases with 5076 rape cases or 14% of the total rape cases reported from across the country in 2014 (As per NCRB report). The rape cases include 284 gang rape cases.