Sunday, 27 October 2013

Assam Over 4,200 children reported missing in Assam in 30 months

Posted By: Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND
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              Few years ago, as I was strolling one evening off the Marina Beach of Chennai, I was stunned to meet a couple from Golaghat district for their “extraordinariness”. They were newly married, and in reply they told me that they are on their honeymoon. I repeat extraordinary because they not only talked in broken Bodo, but the lady was in her dokhona. It made me ashamed because I was with my sister who was one of the active members of the central AABWF. But I never talked to her about it later.
         It tinged me for a long time and I had a divided opinion on why some of us so adverse to our own culture and upbringing. It took not so longer to get the root causes behind when I made one of my friends who defined it in this way:
   “I start talking in Bodo whenever I meet people from other community, and if that man is a bit comfortable, I finish with my tongue.”
      It is what he had a love for his own upbringing. I have no idea how many non-Bodos use our language, but to be frank, in many parts of our Baksa district they communicate in the language that we use. Some of them are now using Bodo as their means of communication at their home. They even have got a full assimilation to the very fabrics of our community, and these are not by threat or condition but by and cultural exchange inter-marriages to some extent. This is what they love doing it.
     Recently, reliable reports tell about some youths from parts of Udalguri districts using scissors and blades to discipline the astray girls and boys for using offensive dresses. Though we can not estimate the wrath and reaction it brings on the victim and fans, examples are there to adhere to their own choices and never to marry a Bodo!!!
     Time has come to decide and take a constructive decision to reassess the reality, and it should be not to harness a donkey in dry fields. Parents and student bodies should play a pivotal role for the upkeep and upbringing of children’s culture and tradition. Religious institutions’ role would make it more enhancing. Even implementing Bodo code of dress and assembly session in our language in schools and colleges will bring about a satisfying result.
     We have to re-organize the Bodo Cultural Afad on sound footing and with the sole aim of uplifting our culture and tradition. Contradictions if any should be avoided. The Bodos from the heartland of Bodoland should shoulder this role and show a model example. Will and heart should be put together for that.
     I wonder of that marginalized Bodo couple from Golaghat who put me on shame. They convey a message to love our culture and tradition. We owe a great to them with reverence. 

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    Guwahati: Over 4,200 children have been reported missing from Assam in 30 months, less than half of whom have been traced so far. 

    According to Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR), 4,234 children went missing between January 2011 and June 2013. 

    The fact sheet provided by ASCPCR cited data from the state CID department. 

    Of the total missing children, 1,994 were traced, which stands at just 47 per cent. 

    However, the fact sheet showed a positive development -- the cases of missing children in the state are declining on account of numerous steps taken by various agencies. 

    As per the data, 2,125 children went missing in 2011 and it came down to 1,852 in last year, registering a fall of 13 per cent. 

    In 2013, 257 children have gone missing till June. 

    On the other hand, the number of missing children traced have decreased sharply. 

    It went down by 42 per cent to 698 in 2012 from 1,196 children during the previous year. In 2013, the state has traced 100 missing children. 

    Of the total 4,234 missing children, number of girls are almost double than the boys. 

    The fact sheet said of the missing children, 1,415 are boys and 2,819 girls. 

    Yesterday, ASCPCR said crime against children has gone up by a whopping 66 per cent to 392 incidents in Assam last year with cases of rape rising by nearly four-times. 

    Citing data from National Crime Records Bureau, ASCPCR said incidents of minor rapes was increasing at an alarming rate and it went up to 156 cases in 2012 from 40 cases in the previous year. 

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