Udupi: Rise in Cases of Missing Girls a Cause for Concern
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (VM)
Udupi, Sep 14: Cases of missing girls seem to be rising at an alarming rate in the coastal region. Almost every day, a young girl, mostly in the age group of 18-25 is being reported missing. Some of them are lucky enough to be found alive, some turn up on their own, perhaps having married, some of them meet tragic ends while some remain untraced.
In yet another case, a 21-year old girl has gone missing since Tuesday September 11.
It is learnt that the girl, identified as Shivaranjini, had left home at 8 am in the morning of September 11 to Manipal in search of job, but never returned home.
A case has been registered at the Udupi city police station.
She is five feet tall, has a wheatish complexion and is able to converse in Kannada, Tamil, English, Hindi and Tulu.
On the same day, September 11, a 24-year-old married girl by name Sangeetha went missing, only to be found dead on Thursday September 13 along with another man. The case, though thought to be one of suicide, is now suspected to be a murder.
On September 5, another girl Danavanthi (25) went missing after she left home to visit a temple in the morning. In August Vijayalaxmi, Priyanka, Bhagyashree, Sweenal Hels and many more went missing without any trace. It is to be noted that in most cases the girls were employed, and disappeared after leaving home for work or on the way back.
What happens to these girls is anybody's guess. Many a time they turn up married, while some unfortunate ones are found dead. The sufferers are the parents who would have no clue where their daughters disappeared to, or why.
Nearly fifty girls have been reported missing this year already. In several cases, families hesitate to file complaints due to social stigma, and hence the actual number may well be more than the official statistics. The police say that most of the girls are traced and that in majority of the cases the reason for disappearance would be love affairs. Nevertheless, considering the crimes against women reported now and then, it is a matter of grave concern when young girls go missing all of a sudden.