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315 persons missing since 2007
Published on 3 Sep. 2009 1:39 AM IST
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According to a documented report furnished by the Prodigals’ Home, Dimapur, a total of 315 persons have gone missing since January 2007 till July 2009 in Nagaland. Out of which 230 were aged below 18 years, categorized by the organisaton as children, as on the reported date of missing. The record was documented as per missing reports that appeared in the local dailies. As per initial findings, 68% of the missing reports were from Dimapur, 27% from Kohima and the rest from other districts of Nagaland. Going by the report, 74% of the missing children were non-Nagas while 26% were Naga children. It was stated that 35% of the missing children were yet to be traced. According to the report made available by Maong Jamir, Prodigals’ Home, the organization observed Dimapur Police and Women Cell in particular as being serious about the issue. It however, noted that Police department and awareness by some NGOs alone was not enough to tackle the issue. “The process of human trafficking is dynamic and unless various stakeholders, law enforcing agency and general public are sensitized on the issue and in the process make strategies collectively to combat this evil, our ignorance and silence is paving ways for traffickers to operate without fear or hindrances,” the report observed. The report said that Dimapur was a host to a high number of people coming from outside with different purposes as it was the only district in Nagaland connected by rail and air with other parts of the country. “But there is no system to check and monitor them,” it stated. The organization in its report also observed that Dimapur had become a source from where women and girls were trafficked to other states, a transit where traffickers lodge and a destination where victims, both from within and outside the state were brought in. The report identified the legal actions meted out to the apprehended perpetrators and rehabilitation support provided to the victims as a “gray area.” The organization cited two incidents when two Naga women were rescued by Women Cell Dimapur, from Pune brothel in the month of May 2008 and two minor girls from outside the state who were rescued by Dimapur women cell in 2008. The report described it as “unfortunate” that Nagaland had no organization comprehensively working towards prevention of trafficking and rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. The organization opined that the concerned government department should select competent organizations at vulnerable districts across the state and work towards asking itself some serious questions to tackle the issue. Prodigals’ Home is conducting a study on “missing children” under the aegis of Foundation for Social Transformation – Enabling NEI.

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