Delhi: 100 children go missing in February

A whopping 100 children have gone missing from the capital in the first 12 days of this month. Sixty-five of the minors who went missing so far were girls.

New Delhi: Delhi hit an ignominious century
this month.

A whopping 100 children have gone missing from the
capital in the first 12 days of the month.

Sixty-five of the 100 minors who went missing so far this
February were girls, one more than what was recorded for the
whole of last month. A total of 122 children went missing from
the capital last month.

Altogether, 222 children have gone missing this year so
far, which amounts to five cases per day. The number of
children going missing could rise over last year`s figure of
1,179 if one goes by the rate of such incidents this year.

"There is a surge in the number of children going
missing this month. We are investigating all the cases. We
don`t see any pattern in this and there is no organised gang
operating in the city", a senior police official said.

According to Delhi Police statistics, Outer Delhi
topped the list with 20 followed by West Delhi (19), South
East Delhi (12) and South-West Delhi (11).

The figures for other districts are, North-East (8),
North-West, East and South (7 each), North (5) and Central
Delhi (3).

The Outer and West districts also topped the list of
missing girls with 12 cases each. Eight each girls went
missing from South-East and South-West districts, the official

The statistics showed that 4th February was the date
when the maximum number of 14 children went missing. "There
were five days, February 1, 3, 4, 5 and 9, when such
cases were in double digits", the official said.

While on February one, 10 cases were reported, on February
three it was 11. The figures for February five was 10 and on
February nine was 11.

February 11 reported nine cases and seven cases were
reported on Saturday, the official said.

Last year, North-West district had registered the
highest number of missing children cases with 250 followed by
South-West district (154) and East district (121).

On January 27, parents of around 50 children who had
gone missing in the past few years had approached Delhi Police
Commissioner B K Gupta seeking a better police intervention in
their cases. Gupta have assured them all help in tracing the

According to Delhi Police, a total of 41 minors,
including a new-born baby and a one-year-old boy, were found
abandoned in the capital this year so far. Last month alone,
24 minors were found abandoned.