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Thursday, December 20, 2018

A hub for child trafficking? Only 50% of total children missing in Delhi return home safely

New Delhi: Reports of missing children are not so uncommon these days. And Delhi being the ‘crime capital’ tops here as well. As per government records, thousands of children were reported missing in the national capital every year. Among them barely 50% are recovered or returned safely to their homes.

Moreover, the national data on the child disappearances by “TrackChild” – a portal by Ministry of Women and Child Development – revealed that, in the past 12 months, 6,295 cases of missing children were reported while only 3,245 (may include missing children from past years) were recovered. More than three thousand children still remain untraced.

If we look at the data of Delhi itself, a concerning tally of 17 children went missing from the national capital every day in the past 12 months.

As on December 19, TrackChild shows that 401 children went missing in last one month while 27 in the last 24 hours. A detailed analysis of the yearly figures reveals that in every 3 hours, 2 children go missing in Delhi.
In Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, 1169, 2074 and 1578 children went missing respectively in the past 12 months. However, these numbers are way below the figures from the national capital.

Organised crime

Some of the reasons behind the cases of missing children could be kidnapping, abduction, trafficking, illegal adoption, and run away due to miscommunication with their parents.

Reena Banerjee – a social activist and founder of NGO, Nav Srishti Organisation – told DB Post that there are organised gangs behind the abduction of children from the capital. These gangs are employing the kidnapped children into various money- making modes, which depend on the age and sex of the child.

Infants below the age of two are most likely to be illegally adopted by desperate infertile married couples – to whom these kids are sold by traffickers.

While girls are dragged into sex trade after being injected with hormonal injections to induce early puberty.

Abducted children are also murdered for organ trafficking, tissues, or other body products, usually for transplantation. There is a global need or demand for healthy body parts for transplantation.

“Children abducted from Delhi were sent out of the city according to the demands while the children kidnapped from other states were taken to the capital”, Banerjee said.

According to her, the children residing in undeveloped areas and slums on the outskirts of the city are the easy targets of the kidnappers.

(Story by: Shaihzad Abid)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lest we forget: The missing children of India

More than 2,40,000 children went missing between 2012 and 2017.

In 2016, the Delhi High Court had raised concern over the issue of missing children in the country, equating it with the menace of terrorism. And if the government data is to be believed, the issue is indeed of grave importance.

Information from the Ministry of Women and Child Development show that more than 2,40,000 children went missing between 2012 and 2017. However, the number might be much higher in reality as many such cases often go unreported.

According to The New York Times, the police is also reluctant in fling first information report in such cases. The international media outlet claimed that FIRs were filed in only 40% of the cases between 2012 and 2014.

The report further mentioned that there could be many socio-economic factors behind the menace of missing children. One of the reasons cited is poverty. It says that families living in acute poverty at times fail to report the matter to police if the possible reason behind it is abuse of any manner.

Some families are so poor that they even resort to selling their children as they do not have the means of livelihood to sustain, said the report.

NYT further says that a bad monsoon can also be a factor leading to spike in missing children cases. According to the report, bad monsoon pushes families to starvation, and hence the children are set out to work. It is in this situation that the children often fall prey to trafficking situations.

A recent report by the US, millions of children and women in India are victims of sex trafficking.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


New Delhi

As the nation celebrates its 53rd Children's Day on Tuesday, child safety in national capital paints a worrisome picture. While 17 children are reported to be missing every day, three children are sexually violated in Delhi daily, as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data of 2015.

In the past five years (2012 to 2017 till October 31), 478 cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have been registered and 40,404 children have gone missing.

Entire country was shocked when a Class II student of the Ryan International School in Gurugram was murdered on September 8, raising questions on the safety of children in their second home-school.

While the nation came to term with the horrid crime, within 24 hours, a five year-old girl was raped by her school peon in East Delhi's Gandhi Nagar.

Delhi Police officers claimed that ample measures have been taken to curb crimes against children in the city. There are trained officers who work round the clock to ensure safety and security of children.

Special Commissioner of Police Traffic and Chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police and Special CP (Traffic) Depender Pathak said, “Safety and security of children is of utmost importance for the Delhi Police. Steps have been taken to put a stop to the cases. Officers, who handle cases pertaining to minor children, have been instructed to be polite to the victims. Over the few years, cases have reduced.”

As per the 2015 data of the NCRB, 9,489 cases of crime against children were reported. This contributes as 10.1 to the cases across pan India. 56 lakh was the estimated population of children in the Union Territory. 169. 4 per cent of the cases were taken as cognizable offences.

There were 56 murder cases of children which included 54 victims. The rate of murder cases accounted to 60 per cent. Similarly, 927 rape cases of children were reported in the national Capital where in 928 children became victims. The rape cases accounted to 16.6, as per the NCRB data.

On the other hand, as per the data available with the Delhi Police, 73 cases pertaining to child sexual abuse were registered under the POCSO Act while 5,464 cases of missing children while four children were rescued under the Bonded Labour Act in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Monday said that that to ensure that children become aware of cyber bullying and other cyber-related crimes, the computer teachers in schools have been made partners in spreading cyber safety awareness among schoolchildren by organising workshops on cyber safety awareness for the teachers.

“The Delhi Police aims to harness the school computer teachers and computer centres in communicating the importance of cyber safety and how the young, school going kids can protect themselves from cyber crimes. The teachers will also act as eyes and ears for police in recognising the new challenges that the young children are likely to face,” said Suvashish Choudhary, Additional CP (Economic Offences Wing).

The Delhi Police has concluded its fifth Workshop on Cyber safety Awareness for school computer teachers. These Workshops have been attended by more than 723 computer teachers from over 577 schools spread across Delhi.

Friday, July 31, 2015

3,889 kids went missing in Delhi from January 1 and June 30 this year:

  • Delhi Police have launched project 'SNEH' to tackle the problem of missing children. Representational Image
An average of 21 children went missing daily in the first six months this year from the national capital, according to a government data. 
A total of 3,889 children including 1,715 boys and 2,174 girls went missing in theNCT of Delhi between January 1 and June 30 this year, of which over 1,500 children are yet to be traced by the police, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. While 2,337 of the missing children were traced, 610 boys and 942 girls remained untraced, he said in reply to a question by Motilal Vora (Congress).
The minister, however, said that no data was maintained centrally about children missing from the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi outside the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, he said. Delhi Police have launched project 'SNEH' to tackle the problem of missing children. Juvenile Welfare Officers at police stations work in close coordination with NGOs and undertake awareness campaigns under the scheme, he added. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

State help desk in Delhi soon for trafficking victims

RANCHI: The state will set up an integrated centre at Jharkhand Bhavan in Delhi for the first time that will function as a help desk for trafficked victims rescued in the Capital.

Mridula Sinha, principal secretary in the social welfare woman and child development department, said, "We will form a team that will be sent to Jharkhand Bhavan. The plan is to make the office of the resident commissioner at Jharkhand Bhavan the controlling authority when it comes to taking custody of rescued children."

Sinha said once the centre becomes fully functional, rescued women and children would be kept in Jharkhand Bhavan till the team found their families. "The team will also coordinate with NGOs, the Delhi government, child welfare committees, police and all the stakeholders when it comes to rescue and rehabilitation of victims from Jharkhand," she added.

The centre will also maintain a data of all the girls of Jharkhand going to Delhi or being rescued.

The department has already sent child development project officer Kala Nath to Delhi as nodal officer earlier this week. "There is a plan to launch a helpline number as well so that people in need can contact us for immediate action."

This apart, the social welfare department is also planning a centre in Ranchi where rescued girls can be brought, counselled and given a place to stay till their families are located.

"Right now we do not have a strong sector for handling trafficking cases and things are done randomly but now we are proposing a strong and robust sector to deal specifically with such cases. Once a proper stable system is formed, we will have a better idea of what is going on, how to deal with the problem and how to track down the missing children from Jharkhand," Sinha said.

Explaining how the integrated centre would bring a change, Rishi Kant, a Delhi-based social activist working against human trafficking, said, "Earlier, it used to take months or even years to send the rescued children home but now this centre will help in facilitating immediate repatriation of the children."

"Jharkhand is the first state to depute a government official to Delhi to deal with such cases and it is a welcome step by the Raghubar Das government and it shows that the state has now become serious about the problem of trafficking," he added. 

Source: Times Of India