Delhi HC flays police failure to trace missing children
The Delhi High Court today expressed displeasure over the city police`s failure to comply its previous directions pertaining to the missing children in the national capital territory.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today
expressed displeasure over the city police`s failure to comply
its previous directions pertaining to the missing children in
the national capital territory.
"This kind of cases require urgent, immediate attention
and focus...", said a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak
Misra and Justice Manmohan adding that about 120 children have
gone missing in the last one year and no step was taken to
find out whether an organised gang was involved in the racket.
Accepting a report submitted by Delhi Legal Services
Authority (DLSA) accusing the police of not seriously
complying with the court`s September 2009 order, the bench
asked the Special Investigating Team under the Crime Branch to
make a data study and find out the real culprit behind the
"Delhi Police must understand its obligation as it has
been chosen to deal with missing children and not act in a
routine manner," said the bench and sought a progress report
from the police as well as from DLSA within six weeks.
The court also directed the nodal officer of special
investigating team to remain in touch with the Member-
Secretary of DLSA and inform about the progress and action
against the culprits in the cases.
On September 16 last year, the bench had directed the
police to register FIRs immediately after receipt of the
complaint from the victim`s family and the information should
be uploaded on its website.
The Bench had asked DLSA to constitute a team of lawyers
and police personnel to provide legal assistance to the
parents running from pillar to post to register a case of
their missing child with the police.
Following the directions, the city police had constituted
a special investigating team under the Crime Branch and DLSA
also set up a team of 15 lawyers to help the parents.
Taking suo motu cognisance of a report that every day
more than 15 children go missing from Delhi and the police has
failed to maintain data and a record of cases, the court had
directed the police to register the case and not to harass the