'550 girls go missing in a year in Mysore dist'

Speaking to reporters after a review meeting with the district-level officers and police officials at the deputy commissioner’s office here, Manjula said: “Among the five to six districts I visited after assuming office two months ago, Mysore district has the maximum number of cases. The statistics are worrisome. Most of them are teenagers in classes below II PUC.”

Half of the missing cases were related to elopement, she said attributing them to the “influence of modern culture and the new media”.

The Commission would gather information from other districts also and submit a report and its recommendations to the government, she said.

Manjula said the Commission would conduct moral education programmes in schools and colleges as the issue was of a serious concern to the government and society.

Regarding the sexual harassment of a research scholar by her supervisor in the University of  Mysore, she said the police have filed an FIR and law would take its own course.

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