Almost 45,000 kids go missing in India
I am highlighting some frightening statistics today, the 14th of November, which is Childrens’ Day. The information is based on a Times of India report:
As per an United Nations study, almost 45,000 kids went missing in India in 2004. Out of these almost 12,000 have not yet been traced. What is scary is that a majority of these missing children do not make it to the official records. Official records (National Crime Records Bureau – NCRB) say that only 3,518 children were kidnapped in that year!
According to PM Nair, project coordinator, anti-human trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN conducted the survey with the help of NGO’s involved in rescuing children from bonded labour or trafficking – the reason why they got hold of the actual figures. He adds: ‘We came across agents of kidnappers during our survey. Strangely, very few kidnappers are mentioned in police records. The need of the hour is to establish direct linkage between NGOs and various government agencies to trace these missing children.’
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