A study by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), records the highest number of women and children who go missing in the country are from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh respectively. The Supreme court in 2019 had directed the NCRB to analyze the data on missing persons focusing on women and children so that trafficking prone areas can be identified in the country.
According to NCRB, “The need for the study arises because of the fact that incidents of missing women and children are not uniform across the country. Some parts of the country report higher incidents and such areas could be one of the sources, transit or destination [sites] for child /women trafficking,”. NCRB based its study on the Annual Crime in India Report for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, the report is compiled by the agency for years. The main aim of the study is to identify those areas where registered cases of missing persons (specifically women and children) are higher than in other areas.
The report states that three States where the highest number of women went missing in the three years are Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh. Around 28,316 women went missing in Maharashtra in the year, followed by 29,279 in 2017 and a staggeringly high number of 33,964 women in 2018. Mumbai tops the list with 4,718 and 5,201 missing women cases in 2017 and 2018. Second in the list is Pune with 2,576 and 2,504 cases for the years 2017 and 2018 respectively. West Bengal, the number of missing women for the years 2018 was 31,299, while in Madhya Pradesh there were 29,761 missing reports of women.