Missing Children : Trafficking ?

Where have 16,000 kids vanished?

HC Judges Express Concern Over Maharashtra Trafficking In Human Organs

It is the same story in state after state. Thousands of children go missing every year.

How many are pressed into begging and prostitution?

Police have no time for rescuing them .

Also see post of April 2011

Shibu Thomas TNN

     Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Friday expressed concern over the “16,000 missing children of Maharashtra.” “If 16,000 children are missing, it is a serious issue-,”said a division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice U D Salvi, while making its apprehension clear on the fate of the children who may be victims of trafficking in humans or human organs. “One does not know if they (children) are exported across the border or they have been taken away for human organs or used to commit criminal offences. We cannot rule out any possibility,” the judges said.

  The HC has directed director general of police Ajit Parasnis to inform the court the status of the committee appointed around two years ago to monitor the missing persons’ cases. “We want to know if the DGP has constituted the committee and the work it has done,” the judges said. The court has given the DGP two weeks’ time to file his affidavit in response to the queries.
The court’s observation came during the hearing of a petition filed by a Kurla resident whose 16-year-old son Mohammad Asadhas been missing for the last six years since September 2006. Despite a complaint lodged at the Nehru Nagar police station and the arrest of two persons, there is no trace of Asad, said lawyer Saeed Akhtar. “Where are the children disappearing?” asked Akhtar. The lawyer claimed that despite the arrests, in the absence of any evidence the duo may be acquitted.

     Additional public prosecutor Ajay Gadkari said that all efforts were made and the case was being monitored by the deputy commissioner of police.

Over the last few years, the court heard several petitions filed about police inaction on missing persons complaints. Following the directions of the court, the police had produced data on the number of missing persons. According to the statistics furnished by the police, since 2005, over 98,151 people had gone missing from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts. Over 18,018 were yet to be traced, many of them children, especially girls.

       The HC in 2009 had asked the DGP to constitute a committee in “his own office which shall monitor the progress of tracing the persons missing in the state of Maharashtra.” The court had also asked the DGP to direct all his officers to keep him informed about the progress in such cases. “We expect that the DGP would monitor all these cases himself so that there is a mechanism in the state in place whereby in such cases the police themselves would be able to work efficiently and to the expectations of the people,” the court had then said.

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