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Friday, June 26, 2015

Bhopal - Making special efforts to trace missing children:

BHOPAL : Director General of Police Surendra Sing, speaking at a workshop on ‘Legal Rights of Children and Child Trafficking’ at PTRI here on Thursday, emphasised on showing special sensitivity towards children. He said police have launched a campaign to trace out missing children. He said policemen should show sensitivity towards children.
Sing said some children, stressed due to examination and results, leave their homes. There is a need to make parents and teachers understand the emotional state of children and make them aware of the ways to free them from stress.

Additional Director General of Police (Crime against women) Aruna Mohan Rao said children are the most vulnerable and sensitive citizens of the country. FIRs are being filed in cases of missing children. The number of girls recovered is lesser and that was a matter of concern. She said in cases of missing children, action under IPC, along with Juvenile Justice Act and POSCO Act should also be taken.


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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Special cell to be set up to trace missing persons:

The Times of India Pune

Special cell to be set up to trace missing persons

have started working on these complaints," he added.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

India’s Missing Children, By the Numbers:

India Real Time
Sajjad Hussain/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Street children in Mumbai, Nov.13, 2010.
In India, a child goes missing every eight minutes, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.
Almost 40% of those children haven’t been found.
That calculation was based on the Aug. 8 response by Jitendra Singh, minister of state for home affairs, to a question posed in the Rajya Sabha, Parliament’s upper house. He said almost 60,000 children in 2011 were reported missing from a total of 28 states and union territories according to the NCRB. Of these more than 22,000 are yet to be located.
West Bengal had the highest number of missing children with more than 12,000 missing in 2011. Madhya Pradesh was next with 7,797 cases while Delhi had 5,111 cases. These are the cases reported. The following states didn’t report any, which experts say is not credible: Maharashtra, Odisha, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Punjab.
Some children are abandoned by families who can’t take care of them because of a lack of money. Some run away to escape abuse or unhappy homes. Some are lost, mostly when families travel, according to research by Childline, a 24-hour national helpline for children in distress.
Rakesh Senger, who helps rescue and rehabilitate missing children through the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, estimates only 50% of missing children are reported to the NCRB.
One of the main reasons for the high number of missing children is that the law on missing children in India is inadequate, say experts.
There is no legal definition of a missing child, and each state follows its own rules, says Mr. Senger.
Kidnapping is by far the highest reported crime against children. There were a total of 33,098 crimes reported against kids in 2011, up 24% from 2010, according to a reportissued in September by the social statistics division of the Indian government.
In 2011, 15,284 cases of kidnapping were reported; a 43% increase from 2010.  These numbers include kidnapping children for exporting to other countries, abducting kids for ransom or forcing them to beg.
Separately, according to the report, 3,517 incidents of child trafficking were recorded in 2011. This includes buying and selling of girls for prostitution, child marriage and trafficking children for the illegal transplantation of organs.
The report also states that India has the largest number of child laborers under the age of 14 in the world.  Even though Indian law prohibits children below the age of 14 from working, 12.66 million children work as child laborers, according to the data.
Of those, 21% of these children are employed in cigarette and bidi factories, 17% in construction and 15% as domestic workers. Others work as rag pickers, agricultural workers and in industries like fireworks and carpet weaving.
“Nearly 85% of child laborers in India are hard-to-reach, invisible and excluded, as they work largely in the unorganized sector,” the government report states. Also, many missing children are never brought to the notice of the police, especially those in the commercial sex trade, say experts.
Part of the reason India has so many missing children, experts say, is how their cases are treated by law-enforcement authorities.
The police in India, barring a few states, do not register first information reports – the first step to an investigation — for missing children. So no formal case is even filed. They only make an entry into the list of missing persons at the police station where the child is reported missing so in-depth investigations are rare.
In Mumbai, for instance, a photo of the missing child is sent to police stations all over the city and police keep a lookout. But, there is no investigation of a crime unless the person who reports the child missing asks the police to file a case of kidnapping.
In Delhi, the law is slightly more robust: After 24 hours, if a child is not found, a case of kidnapping has to be filed by the police. This change came after a series of murders in Noida, a Delhi suburb, including those of eight children.
The police in some regions have also begun a database for missing children,
But experts say it isn’t enough.
There is a “lack of inter-state cooperation” and a need for an “integrated country-wide database” for missing children, says Mr. Senger.
If a child is reported lost in one state but has been trafficked to another state, there is no mechanism to ensure that the child will be searched for countrywide, he explains.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

More fall victim to human trafficking in India:

 More fall victim to human trafficking in India

Over 50,000 children have gone missing in India. (Image courtesy of BBC News)

India (MNN) ―
India’s Supreme Court recently ordered the nation’s federal and state governments to provide information on 55,000 missing children. The order comes after India’s Supreme Court heard a petition claiming the government has “failed to trace” missing children. The petition further blames states for inadequate efforts to crack down on gang involvement in the kidnapping and trafficking of kids.
Kaytie Fiedler with India Partners says their on-the-ground ministries have encountered human trafficking first-hand.
“They’re working in remote villages and seeing that children are actually being kidnapped from their own homes,” says Fiedler. She says there are organized groups “who are paid to go into remote areas and find children that then get used in the black market, for organ transplant in particular.”
The black market for human organs is a booming business in India. Driven by “medical tourism” — the practice of coming to India for major surgeries at a lower price, demand is high for children’s eyes, hearts, and kidneys. Demand is also high for child labor, with kids forced into slavery at homes or factories. Another sickening avenue for human trafficking is the sex trade, with over 250,000 commercial sex workers in Mumbai alone. Over a third of that number are kids under the age of 12.
India Partners works with grassroots ministries to provide refuge for vulnerable children. These safe havens not only provide adequate meals and a secure place to rest, but an education and the Gospel as well. By learning about Jesus and making better choices, thousands of children are saved from predators lurking in the streets.
“They have places where kids can come in and live full-time, get an education, and be safe from those dangers.”
One report gives an August 31 deadline for an account from the state of Gujarat. Fiedler says providing exact numbers is challenging, since agencies are often understaffed and lacking resources.
“There are a number of good people that are doing good work in India, working hard to solve cases and find these children,” shares Fiedler. “But unfortunately, with so many kids going missing every year, it’s very difficult to stay on top of the problem.”
Though progress on providing a report at the national level will probably be slow, Fiedler says it’s a step forward for India.
“They’re getting out the information; they’re saying that they want to do something about it,” she says. “Even having a deadline like this is a great, great ray of hope for India wanting to take charge of what’s happening in their country.”
What can you do to help?
“Our first line of defense is always prayer,” says Fiedler. Pray “that we would align ourselves with God’s plan for children, His best plan, and as much as we can as the Body of Christ, come alongside those people that are doing hands-on work to keep kids safe.”
You could also help financially. With a gift of $4, you can provide a safe night’s rest for a vulnerable child in India. At India Partner’s Web site, you’ll find even more opportunities such as sponsoring a child or joining a short-term missions team. Support the ministries of India Partner financially by clicking here.
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