Missing children: Court asks child rights commission to probe

April 22nd, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Taking a strong note of the increasing number of missing children in the capital, the Delhi High Court Wednesday ordered a child rights panel to probe the matter.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Neeraj Kishan Kaul directed the Delhi Commission of Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) to submit a detailed report within three months.

The DCPCR is already probing the matter.

According to the affidavit filed by Delhi Police, 2,210 kids went missing from the capital from June 2008 till January this year and on an average 17 children are missing every day.

“We are more concerned about those missing children who are under eight years of age and we file FIR only when there is an allegation of kidnapping,” advocate Mukta Gupta, appearing for the police, contended.

Not satisfied with the response, the court asked the police to file its reply within three weeks.

“If a child does not return, how would the parents know whether the child has gone away on his own or has been kidnapped if you don’t conduct investigation,” the court said, adding the actual figures might be higher “because FIR is not registered in all cases”.

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