Kolkata: About 2,500 minor girls have
gone missing from various districts of West Bengal in 2009,
the state government has informed the Calcutta High Court.
Appearing before a division bench comprising Chief
Justice J N Patel and Justice A K Ray, Advocate General Balai
Roy gave the information on a petition filed by the mother of
a missing girl.
Jahura Bibi had filed the petition before the court
saying that her daughter Zarina Khatun, a minor who had gone
missing from Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district in 2009, be
traced and brought back to her.
The court yesterday directed the Directed General of
Police to present Khatun before it on October 1.
Most of the teenaged girls have been taken away and
sent to other states, the court was informed.
The advocate general told the bench that a
comprehensive scheme to stop trafficking of girls from the
state has been prepared.
The state was taking steps to set up a special cell to
track and bring back all the missing girls and a Central
assistance of Rs 28 crore has been sought for it, he said.
The bench also directed the state to take necessary
steps to trace other missing girls.
The court will take up the matter again on November