Conducted over six months by a 5-strong IIM-I team headed by the institute’s director Prof Himanshu Rai and also including Naveen Krishna Rai (manager), associate professor Shruti Tiwari and assistant professor Shivani Sharma, the study further revealed that the sexual and physical assault, intent of marriage and love affairs were the prime motives of offenders behind luring away the minor/teenage girls.
Importantly, as per the NCRB statistics, more than 75% of children who went missing from Madhya Pradesh in 2022, were girls. Since 2019, Indore has reported the highest number of cases of missing minors in MP. Number of missing girls reported in Indore was three times more than cases of missing boys in 2022.
The study is the result of a MoU signed between IIM-I and the Indore Police Commission in July 2023. The first-of-its-kind partnership between a B-School and City Police, aimed to analyze demographic and geographic trends-patterns of cases of missing minors in Indore over the last five years, to probe antecedent factors in terms of psycho-social triggers contributing to the disappearance of minors, to develop recommendations for post-recovery interventions and design an information, education and communication (IEC) training module for the cops with a target of reducing the incidence of such cases in Indore.