Mumbai, Apr 20: Kidnapping of minors has increased by over 15 times in last five years in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra, revealed an RTI query. The RTI revealed that between the years 2013 and 2018, 256 boys and 298 girls have gone missing. The statistics have been provided by the Mumbai Police in response to an RTI application.

The RTI inquiry also revealed that the kidnapping of girls in Mumbai has increased by 1500 per cent and that of boys has increased by 1000 per cent as compared to the numbers recorded in the year 2013.

In the year 2013, a total number of 92 minor girls went missing out of which 79 were found and 13 are still missing. In 2017, 1368 minor girls were kidnapped and 1235 girls were found. 133 girls are still missing, the RTI inquiry revealed. Between 2013 and 2017, a significant number of minor girls went missing in Mumbai.

In last five years, as per the information provided by Activist Shakeel Ahmad, 3,390 girls were abducted in Mumbai. Out of 3,390 girls, 3131 were rescued but 259 girls are still missing. However, only 2839 women have been reported missing out of which 1718 are still missing.

“This is a very serious issue and 1400 per cent sharp increase in kidnapping cases of girls is shocking. I request Mumbai Police Commissioner to look into this issue seriously and take immediate steps to curb it,” said Activist Shakeel Ahmad.

In the year 2013, 87 were kidnapped, and only 52 were rescued. Making a significant surge in 2017, the number went up to 889 out of which only 819 were traced. The number showed that the rescue rate of boys was much higher than that of girls.

“The rise in the number of minors kidnapped over the years is a cause for concern. If after five years, 584 girls and boys are still missing, the police need to focus harder on finding them,” the activist said.

What Mumbai Police says

Vasant Dhoble, former police officer, told Mid Day, “After an order from the Supreme Court, all missing cases of minors are registered as kidnapping. If we observe the trends, there’s also minors running away from home, with the number being higher in the 12 to 18 age group. This major chunk usually gets traced, or the kids return home on their own.”