An Indian hairdresses doll is seen inside an exhibition hall of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, April 21, 2017.
A doll with a missing hairbrush and a plastic doll that looks like a Barbie doll are among the items on display in an exhibition of the doll that disappeared from its owner’s home in the state of Uttar Pradesh in October 2016.
A new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has highlighted the doll’s alleged missing hair in the latest issue of The Times Of India magazine.
The doll is now among the 10,000 missing Indian doll in the country, with the rest found through the efforts of the National Police.
The dolls disappearance has raised questions about the safety of the country’s doll market.
“There are at least 6,000 dolls missing in India,” said CIR director Rakesh Kothari.
“These are the most dangerous of the dolls.”
The doll is believed to have been missing since October last year.
The doll’s owner, the wife of a retired politician, lost her hairbrush in a fire in the house where the doll was kept.
The report says that in 2015, the owner of the hairdressed doll was contacted by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) asking for the hair to be found and traced.
It is unclear if the NCRB or the police has provided any information about the missing hair brush.
The NCRB told the Times of Indian that the bureau did not have the doll in possession.
The NCRB has not responded to questions about whether it has any evidence to back up its claim.
CIR says the NCRP also failed to identify the doll or any photographs of it.
“The doll appears to have gone missing when the owner did not return it to the shop owner,” said Kothar.
“The owner could have left it somewhere in the home, but he did not,” said the report.
“The NCRP has no reason to believe that the doll belonged to the owner,” it added.
The missing hairderer’s doll, which is now being examined, was the latest example of the poor condition of the Indian doll market in India.
According to CIR, in 2016, an estimated 2,500 to 4,000 Indian dolls were lost or stolen in the same year.
An estimated 6,400 of these dolls were stolen from shops and auction houses, the report said.
Kothari said that while many people are concerned about the doll being stolen, it is not the only doll in India that could be lost.
There is also the problem of fake hairdracks that have gone into circulation in India, the Times Of Indian reported.
“People may believe they are hairdrips,” said Sankaran Das, the president of the Association of Indian Doll Manufacturers (AIDM), who also said that the number of dolls being sold in India is growing.