Delhi Police submits affidavit to HC on missing children

The Delhi Police told the Delhi High Court that that between 2010-2013, only three FIRs have been registered against persons belonging to organised gangs who were involved in kidnapping and selling children to childless couples.

In an affidavit submitted to the Delhi High Court on Friday, police said during the same period, two FIRs were registered against organised gangs accused of kidnapping older children and selling them to bonded agricultural labourers in Uttar Pradesh.

The affidavit was filed after the court of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Indermeet Kaur directed police to respond to a report alleging that the main reasons for children being kidnapped in the capital were for being sold into begging, to childless couples and for child labour.

Police said data available with them did not support the claim.

In its status report, police also informed the court that all police stations in the capital were regularly updating information regarding missing as well as rescued children on the website trackmissingchild.com.

The court has now issued notice to the Home Ministry and Ministry of Women and Child Development to respond whether the website was being regularly updated by all police stations across the country.

The court has been monitoring the issue of missing children since July last year after a plea was filed by the family of a three-year-old boy who had gone missing.

Last month, a report had been filed by advocate Anant Asthana relating to the results of a study on missing children.

In his report, Asthana had claimed that there were six main avenues for children who went missing, including being picked up and sold by organised gangs into begging, illegal organ trade, bonded agricultural labour and illegal adoption.

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