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Missing girls forced into flesh trade?

AS MANY as 89 girls aged below 18 were reported missing in the last five years from the district. Sources said that 50 per cent of them were either lured into or were sold into the flesh trade. The remaining perhaps eloped with someone or ran away from homes in search of a better life.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 14:58 IST

AS MANY as 89 girls aged below 18 were reported missing in the last five years from the district. Sources said that 50 per cent of them were either lured into or were sold into the flesh trade. The remaining perhaps eloped with someone or ran away from homes in search of a better life.

In the preceding three years -- 1999 to 2001 -- 189 girls were reported missing. Out of them, 120 returned after marrying someone. But 69 of that period are still missing, sources said, fearing that they might have been sold to flesh trade market or got married to someone for the sake of money.

In the last three years -- from April 2003 to April 2006 -- 59 girls were reported missing. The police claimed that 39 girls returned to their homes, but are clueless about the 20 others. The police failed to provide the records of two years -- 2001 and 2002 – concerning missing girls.

In the year 2003, 27 seven girls were missing, 24 returned home. In the year, 2004, 11 girls ran away from their homes, ten returned. In 2005, 12 girls ran away from their homes, five of them returned. In the current year 2006, 14 girls went missing and five of them returned.

A 15-year-old girl, resident of village Behrol, is missing from the last four months. Her uncle Dhannalal Ahirwar alleges that a racket is operating in the area, taking the girls away by alluring them for a better life.

Earlier, the girl's elder sister was lifted by her relatives on the pretext of good marriage. First, she was taken to Delhi and then to other places, where she was raped by different persons. Some six months back, she escaped from their clutches and returned to her home. But now her younger sister is missing.

In the current year, in three rural police station areas of Banda, Baandri and Sahagarh, eight married women are also missing.

People offer different theories about the missing girls. “There is a racket operating in the district that takes Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 from the unmarried needy upper caste males of Uttar Pradesh and kidnaps young girls with the help of women members of their families, and sells them to the upper caste people” said advocate Brij Bihari Tiwari, who is working in the field of women empowerment.

“The police have totally failed in controlling the cases of missing young girls” alleges PCC secretary Vikram Choudhary. On the other hand, Superintendent of Police K P Khare claimed, “Not even a single case of kidnapping is reported in the district. If the girls are running from their homes, it is their own choice, which has nothing to do with flesh trade.

“Some times, married women are involved with the other males and want to marry them. After getting married, they return home. “Some of them run away to seek a better live but are forcibly married to some one”.