New Delhi: Congress and BJP members in Lok Sabha on Thursday expressed grave concern over the growing number of missing children in the country and demanded stern police action to prevent child-lifting and steps to trace them.
In an average, 44,000 children go missing every year across the country, with 11,000 of them remaining untraced, SS Ramasubbu (Cong) said quoting estimates of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
NGOs, however, claim that the number of missing children was much higher, he said, adding that a large number of infants are lifted from hospitals, many are abandoned by their parents and others go missing.
Such children, mostly belonging to poor families, fall prey to prostitution, child labour or even organ smuggling and other criminal activities, Ramasubbu said, adding that CBI
estimates that there were 800 gangs of child-lifters operating all over the country.
Mansukhbhai D Vasava (BJP) also said that on an average, seven children were going missing every day in Delhi itself and the rate of recovery across the country was very low.
Both the members demanded stringent action by the police and administration to prevent cases of child-lifting and implement the series of preventing measures recommended by the NHRC.