Probe if organized gangs behind missing children: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court today directed the city police to find out if organized gangs were behind the incidents of children going missing in the city and sought an action taken report within eight weeks.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 00:39 AM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today
directed the city police to find out if organized gangs were
behind the incidents of children going missing in the city and
sought an action taken report within eight weeks.

Issuing a slew of directions, a Division Bench of Chief
Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan said "police shall
investigate into the existence of different gangs and action
should be taken against them".

In addition, the court directed police to probe if the
children were kidnapped for trafficking and to prepare a data
study as to how the children from various neighbouring
states were able to come to the city.

The Bench also directed that detail information be given
to Delhi Legal Services Authority(DLSA) about 489 children who
have gone missing since November last year and not yet traced
so DLSA could provide legal assistance to the parents of those
children.

The directions came following allegations levelled by
DLSA that the police were not co-operating in preparing the
report as sought by the court.

Earlier, the Bench had directed DLSA to monitor as to
whether police register FIRs in the missing children 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 children 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 cognizance of a report that every day
more than 15 children go missing from Delhi and the police
have failed to maintain data and a record of cases, the court
had directed the police to register the case and not to harass
the parents.

-PTI

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