Raipur: As many as 13,738 children have gone missing in Chhattisgarh in about last five years prompting the government to form special police teams to trace them, state Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra said in Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
In a written reply to a question raised by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, T S Singhdeo, Paikra said, "The state has reported 13,738 missing children since 2010 till October this year. Similarly, cases of 19,101 missing girls and women were reported in the state during this period."
As per the reply, 2757 children were reported to be missing in 2010 followed by 3187 in 2011, 3334 (2012), 2907 (2013) and 1553 (till Oct, 2014) whereas 3396 cases of missing girls and women were registered in 2010 followed by 3921 (2011), 3867 (2012), 4163 (2013) and 3754 (till Oct, 2014).
"It is true that the Hon Supreme Court has issued directives to the state government to immediately trace the missing children over a writ petition filed by the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (NGO).
"Complying with the directive, missing children are being traced after constituting special teams of police in districts and the assistance of NGOs is also being taken in this regard," the reply said.
In this process, so far 13,112 children were traced and reunited with their families, it added.