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In 2016, the Madhya Pradesh (MP) Chief Minister launched a campaign - ‘Operation Muskaan’ - for tracing and rescuing ‘missing children’ in the state. But almost six years later nothing seems to have changed.

MP leads in the cases of missing children in the country. In 2020 alone, more than 8,000 children went missing, 80 per cent of them girls, many of them Adivasis. Article 14 reports from Dhar in MP that the primary issues of police apathy, poverty and climate change, which contribute to the disappearance and trafficking of children, have hardly been addressed.

As India recorded its hottest March in 122 years this year, heatwaves continue to be one of the biggest climate challenges for the country. The Bastion analyses that this challenge is only going to intensify in the future with heat-related morbidities and mortalities being under-reported and undocumented.

Digital literacy is key to participation in the workforce today. This is especially true of a significant section of women in India. India Development Review points to three factors that stand in the way of full and productive entry of women into the workforce – skill deficit, social network gap and restrictive gender norms.

And, ‘sealed cover jurisprudence’ – the presenting of sensitive and confidential information by government agencies to the courts - has become rampant and pervasive. A practice that has been recently decried by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Observer examines the issue.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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24 Children–Mostly Adivasi Girls–Go Missing in MP Every Day, But It Isn’t Considered An Extraordinary Situation

Article 14 reports on the disappearance of children, mostly girls, in Madhya Pradesh – a state which records the highest number of missing children in the country.

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India’s Reported Heat Wave Deaths Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

The Bastion analyses the under-reporting and underplaying of casualties in India due to heatwaves and examines how this weakens public policy.

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Digital mentorship: The key to women’s labour force participation?

In India, a young woman's ability to participate in the workforce is constrained by many factors, including skill deficit and restrictive gender norms. India Development Review examines how digital mentoring can unlock the potential.

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SCO Shorts: Sealed Cover Jurisprudence

The practice of submitting sealed covers to the courts by government agencies ostensibly containing ‘confidential information’ has come under the scanner of the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Observer explains the practice and its implications.

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