Missing children: HC summons DLSA head to help parents
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 21:57
New Delhi: Expressing concern over the plight of those parents who struggle to get an FIR registered with the police for their missing children, the Delhi High Court today summoned the Member Secretary, Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to provide legal assistance to such parents.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Manmohan summoned the officer to appear in person before it on September 16.

The Court's direction came after advocate H S Phoolka, the Amicus Curiae, filed a report suggesting legal assistance to the parents of the children who went missing and the police refusal to register FIR in the matters.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report that every day more than 15 children went missing in the capital city and police failed to take steps to control it, the Bench appointed the Amicus and asked him to file a detailed report.

The lawyer said "in every case of missing child it should be mandatory for the police to provide the address of Legal Aid Cell to the parents or the complainant so that they may approach the cell for legal assistance".

Phoolka also recommended that the court direct imposition of fine on the employer of child labour and that the investigating officer refer the case to the Crime Branch of Delhi police in case he or she found involvement of an organised gang in kidnapping them.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 21:57

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