Bangalore: Childhood is an eternal bliss until it lasts, but if childhood is lived in misery and abuse it becomes a curse with no reasons attached. Missing children has been highlighted as one the biggest problems in the country. Being a recurring concern it needs stringent method in order to repress the social menace. The Justice Verma Committee was formed to look into amendments in criminal law and he is working on making amends in the justice system to curb the number of missing children in the country. He said, “A lakh kids go missing every year. The police must file an FIR, DM should maintain records,” as reported by Meenakshi Upreti for ibnlive.com
An NGO rescued the girl fortunately. However there are thousands of children waiting for a silver lining. Unlike in the case of the 11 year old son of Kunwarjit, who went missing two years ago, Kunwarjit informed that no legal action has been taken by the authorities to locate his son so far. He said, “Police hasn't done a thing to find him. I got a call from my son once but the police refused to act on it saying that it was a hoax call. Had they acted then, probably I would've had my son, but now I think I won't see him again,” as reported by IBN Live.As per the official records 53, 000 children went missing in India in 2010, in 2011 the number increased to 59,000. It has been estimated that in every 8 minutes one child goes missing. The NGO activists claim that the biggest trouble with the increasing number and children remaining untraced is police inaction.
The capital, Delhi has the largest number of untraced children with 14 children estimated to go missing from the city each day. In most cases the police claim that children willingly run away, only occasional investigating chances of child sexual abuse and trafficking occur.
AR Chaurasia, an activist said, “The police shut the case saying that the child ran away and came back on his own. My question is what did the child do for four years? Someone must have employed him, why don't they probe it?" as reported by ibnlive.com
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) estimated that 60, 000 children go missing each year even with the fact that large states like Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh also Jharkhand and Punjab have not provided the missing children data.
The chief secretaries of all the states and Union territories have been asked by the Supreme Court to instruct all the police stations to register an FIR and start investigation of the reported missing children.A bench of chief justice Altamas Kabir, justices Vikramajit Sen and J Chelameswar has also directed that all police stations should have a special juvenile police officer to handle the cases of missing children, as reported by Rakesh Bhatnagar for DNA.
It was informed that these officers will be in plain clothes and will coordinate with the child welfare committees regarding the cases. The order was passed by the court on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ which claimed that between January 2008-2010 over 1.7 lakh children have gone missing in the country. About 60,000 children go missing in India each year, with over 30,000 remaining untraced.
As per the recent report by the statistics ministry, it informs that while an absolute increase of 181 million in the country’s population has been recorded during the decade 2001-2011, it also records a reduction of 5.05 millions in the population of children aged 0-6 years during the same period.
Losing a child is the greatest sorrow felt by parents, it cannot be understood by anyone, let alone the police force. As the missing child isn’t considered as a fiendish crime in the Indian legal system very little attention is paid to the recovery of such children. With the numbers increasing the country is taking the matter seriously, however the need for efficiency and speedy recovery to resolve cases is most asked for in the country.