NHRC asks govt to report on 17,305 missing children

National Human Rights Commission after taking strong notice of media reports which said that more than 17000 children are missing in the capital in the last three years, has issued notices to concerned departments and has asked them to respond within four weeks.

The notice has been served to the secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and chief secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi. Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. Guru Das Kamath in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha said that from the year 2008 to 2009 a total of 17,305 children have gone missing and out of which 2366 children are yet to be traced. According to reports the Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI, had unearthed a nexus of organized crime with the identification of over 800 gangs engaged in child trafficking.

The involvement of gangs in abduction of children came on record when the CBI told the Delhi High Court in 2006 that there were 815 gangs comprising 4289 members involved in the kidnapping of children for prostitution, begging and ransom in India. The report further alleged that over 60,000 children were missing in India in the year 2009. The commission also expressed concerned in its proceedings on 22 March that the contents of media reports, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights of children and negligence on the part of the State to provide protection to them.    

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 7

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