Missing children: HC summons DLSA head to help parents

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 21:57

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the
plight of those parents who struggle to get an FIR registered
with the police for their missing children, the Delhi High
Court today summoned the Member Secretary, Delhi Legal
Services Authority (DLSA) to provide legal assistance to such

A Division Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice
Manmohan summoned the officer to appear in person before it on
September 16.

The Court`s direction came after advocate H S Phoolka,
the Amicus Curiae, filed a report suggesting legal assistance
to the parents of the children who went missing and the police
refusal to register FIR in the matters.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report that
every day more than 15 children went missing in the capital
city and police failed to take steps to control it, the Bench
appointed the Amicus and asked him to file a detailed report.

The lawyer said "in every case of missing child it
should be mandatory for the police to provide the address of
Legal Aid Cell to the parents or the complainant so that they
may approach the cell for legal assistance".

Phoolka also recommended that the court direct
imposition of fine on the employer of child labour and that
the investigating officer refer the case to the Crime Branch
of Delhi police in case he or she found involvement of an
organised gang in kidnapping them.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 21:57

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