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SC Instruction to Trace Missing Children

While adjudicating W.P. (Civil) no. 75 of 2012, Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs. UoI, on 23rd September, 2014 the Hon’ble Supreme Court has given several directives to States with regard to missing children. All directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in this matter to the Central Government have been complied with.

As per the information available, with the National Crime Records Bureau with regard to cases of missing children, for the years 2011 – 2014, a mixed trend has been observed.

In pursuance of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order with respect to W.P. (Civil) no. 75 of 2012, Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs. UoI, the Ministry of Home Affairs has circulated an advisory to file mandatory FIR in case of missing children dated 25th June, 2013. In addition to above, the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several other steps to trace missing children;

(i) Issued a detailed advisory on missing children and steps to be taken for tracing the children on 31st January, 2012. It includes various directions to States / UTs like computerization of records, involvement of NGOs and other organizations, community awareness programmes etc.

(ii) A comprehensive pro-forma has been circulated to all States/UTs to facilitate better data collection on missing and found children

(iii) The Ministry of Home Affairs has established a total number of 225 Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) in various districts of the country

(iv) The Ministry of Home Affairs has also launched a portal on anti-human trafficking.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs has initiated a web portal named ‘Track Child’ in the country which is aimed at maintaining real time data of all missing children containing extensive identification details to facilitate matching of missing and recovered children.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shrimati Rajani Patil and Shri K.C. Tyagi in the Rajya Sabha today.

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