High Court pulls up police on missing children in Delhi

March 2nd, 2009 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday asked the police to file a detailed report on the steps taken to trace nearly 2,000 children reportedly missing in the city.
Media reports said that between June 2008 and January 2009, 2,210 children - an average of 17 everyday - were reportedly missing in the city.

A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna, taking suo moto action on the reports, asked the police to file a detailed affidavit by April 1.

Delhi Police counsel Mukta Gupta argued that rules do not allow for a missing persons complaint to be filed for a male child below 12 years and a girl child below the age of eight. Only an “entry” is made in the police diary.

She said that only on basis of a specific allegation by the parent or the guardian can a first information report be lodged.

The court asked the police to make amendments to the rules.

Last month Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal had announced a helpline for reporting cases of missing children.

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