Tirath alerts Delhi police about missing children issue

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has taken up with the city police the issue of missing children in Delhi and alerted them about some vulnerable areas from where girls are regularly abducted for trafficking.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 21:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and
Child Development has taken up with the city police the issue
of missing children in Delhi and alerted them about some
vulnerable areas of the national capital, from where girls are
regularly abducted for trafficking.

Expressing concern over the large number of missing
children, specially girls, Women and Child Development
Minister Krishna Tirath said, "I have discussed the issue with
the Delhi Commissioner of Police. We have alerted the police
and area welfare committees about some localities from where
children were being abducted quite often."

She mentioned Kirari in north-west Delhi and
Sultanpuri in outer Delhi where such incidents have been
reported in large numbers.

The minister said that after increased vigil, such
incidents are declining. "But wherever such reports come to
us, we approach the police and Union Home Ministry to combat
the problem".

According to official statistics, in the first three
months of this year, more than 410 children went missing in
the capital.

The National Human Rights Commission has 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.

PTI