On an average 16 girls were kidnapped or abducted each day in Madhya Pradesh in the year 2018. This has been revealed in latest National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) report “Crime in India” -2018 released recently. According to the report, Madhya Pradesh registered third highest number of cases of kidnapping and abduction (K&A)of children among all states in the year. Total 7951 victims were recorded under the category of kidnapping and abduction where 72.53% victims were girls. Further indepth analysis by Child Rights and You (CRY) revealed that 27% rise in cases victims of kidnapping and abduction of minor girls was recorded in 5 years i.e between years 2014-2018. The NCRB data states that the number of girl child victims of K& A increased from 4546 in 2014 to 5767 in the year 2018. There was a considerable decline in this number in the year 2015 when this figure decreased to 3590 but it again jumped to 4091 in the year 2016.
The NCRB data also revealed that teenage girls are prone to kidnapping and abduction in MP. In all 94% cases of kidnapping and abduction of girls were reported in age group 12 -16 years and 16-18 years. This percentage is 92% at national level. The NCRB 2018 data suggests total 2219 girl child victims were of age group 12-16 years and 3214 girl child victims were of age group 16-18 years in Madhya Pradesh.
Analysing the data Regional Director, Child Rights and You (CRY) North, Soha Moitra said “This is alarming that 94% of minor girls who were kidnapped or abducted in the year 2018 in MP were of age group 12 to 18 years. Usually, there is a generic response towards such trends that girls of this age group elope. This is high time we should break this narrative as these girls might be pushed into child labour, domestic trade and even sex trade”. 55.8% rise in cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in a year in MP Another important fact revealed in the NCRB data was rise of 55.8% in cases reported under POCSO Act in a year. In the year 2017 the number of cases registered under POCSO Act in MP was 1569 which increased to 2445 in the year 2018. MP reported 3rd highest cases registered under POCSO Act. Maharashtra topped the list with highest 6233 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh that reported second highest cases i.e 5401. MP reported highest cases of minor rapes under Sec. 376 IPC in 2018 Madhya Pradesh topped the list of states reporting highest number of cases of minor rapes (Sec 376 IPC, Excluding Rapes under Sec 4&6 of POCSO Act). In all 2830 cases of minor rapes were recorded in MP in the year 2018.
Expressing her concern over the present scenario of girl child in Madhya Pradesh on the eve of National Girl Child Day, Soha Moitra said whether it is about safety, health, education or nutrition, girls are vulnerable at every stage. While some major efforts have been taken to ensure child protection by the state government, a lot more is needed to see expected results on the ground. There is a need to build confidence of girls at a tender age to empower them physically as well as mentally. CRY does that through bringing together adolescent girls and providing them a platform where they can share their concerns and participate in age appropriate discussions. The 40 year old non-profit organization believes that a sport is one of the vital tools to give wings to their dreams”.
The outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar this year, which claimed the lives of more than 180 children, portrays the bad healthcare and infrastructure of the Bihar government. A few months after the outbreak, a group of journalists and social workers came up with a survey, showing the real cause behind this outbreak. The survey released on November 13 at Muzaffarpur says that 96.5 percent of children who were affected by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) belonged to the underprivileged section and scheduled castes and tribes. The survey revealed that 97.8 percent of the family of children affected by AES could not earn more than Rs. 10,000 a month. The mainstream media had criticized government hospitals for allegedly not providing proper health care, but the survey revealed that 92 percent affected families appreciated the job of doctors and hospital staff. Pushya Mitra, a senior journalist and one of the prominent persons behind this survey tells us more about the findings of the survey. Please Subscribe and share this podcast.
Madhya Pradesh is ranked amongst few of the worst states of India in terms of nutrition and infant mortality rate. But there are some great initiatives taking place in small villages to overcome these issues that are worth sharing. Kotagunjapur, a village inside Panna Tiger Reserve has conquered malnutrition with kitchen gardens. The village that does not have access to roads and electricity has now attained freedom from malnutrition, something that even bigger villages and cities have been unable to achieve. Villagers realized that they are extremely poor and cannot afford dear vegetables from the market because of which their kids and women were not getting proper nutrition, leading to increase in malnutrition. Some social workers helped them develope kitchen-gardens in every household where they could grow iron and vitamin-rich vegetables and herbs. In a period of four years, the condition improved drastically. The villagers started getting fresh vegetables every day and that showed a positive impact on their health. The story about zero malnutrition villages is still untold. Ground Tales spoke to the social workers and the residents of Kotagunjapur to know more about the model and the struggle to make the initiative popular amongst villagers. We also interacted with activists behind this initiative who played a pivotal role in popularising the kitchen- garden concept to tackle the problem of malnutrition with a zero-budget plan. Listen to our podcast at http://www.groundtales.com
With every passing season, farmers are facing huge losses in farming. Due to the risk involved in farming sector, new generation is not interest in this field. This phenomena can be understood by these pictures where the new generation did not opt for farming as a profession. The fields and houses of villages near city are filled with abandoned farming instruments and the memories associated with them. Ground Tales brings some photographs with the series Picture Tales to show the emotional connection between farmers and abandoned instruments.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from catchment areas of Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Barwani and Dhar districts in Madhya Pradesh as the Narmada river is flowing above the danger mark following heavy rains. Despite the protests of villagers the Gujarat government is not opening the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam and with every passing minute the water level is increasing. The villagers are demanding proper rehabilitation and compensation from governments. Social activist Rehmat M shared the photographs of disaster with Grounds Tales.