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Missing children issue: NHRC notices to Home Secretary, CS

NHRC issued notices to Union Home Secretary and Delhi Chief Secretary asking them to submit a report on the issue of 17,305 children allegedly going missing in Delhi in the past two years, out of which 2,366 are yet to be traced.



New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission on Tuesday issued notices to Union Home Secretary and
Delhi Chief Secretary asking them to submit a report on the
issue of 17,305 children allegedly going missing in Delhi in
the past two years, out of which 2,366 are yet to be traced.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on
missing children in the national capital, the Commission in
its proceedings today observed 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.
In this connection, the Commission issued notices to
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and Delhi Chief Secretary
Rakesh Mehta calling for their detailed reports in the matter
within four weeks.
The reports were based on the information given by the
Minister of State for Home Affairs Guru Das Kamath in reply to
a question in Lok Sabha.

"The Commission also considered media reports alleging
organised crime behind missing children. According to reports,
the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had unearthed a
nexus of organised crime with identification of over 800 gangs
engaged in child trafficking," the NHRC said in a statement.

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 4,289 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 statement said.

PTI

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