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India Half Of The Missing Children In 2013 Remain Untraced In India

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Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 02, 2013


Half of the missing children in 2013 remain untraced in India


In a disturbing trend the number of missing children remaining untraced in India is increasing. More girls vanish than boys indicating that the child traffickers are adopting new methods to escape eyes of law enforcement agencies. The latest government data on missing children given to Parliament last week showed that every second child reported missing was not found in first seven months of 2013. The scenario in 2010 was much better with almost one of every third child remaining untraced.

The data from 24 states for this year showed that 15,130 children went missing with just 6,269 found. States such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra did not provide data on missing children, a reason for low figure as compared to previous years. In 2012, 65,038 children were reported missing and 41.35% of them were not traced.

Kailash Satyarthi founder of Delhi based civil society group Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) said the trend showed that child traffickers were working “shrewdly” and they were a step ahead of police.

A deeper look into the home ministry’s data showed that if a child goes missing probability of finding girls was less than that of boys.

Till July 2013, around 63% girls could not be found, a percentage more than their share in total missing children. In 2012, this percentage for girls was 60%, around five percentage points more than 2011.

Societal taboo against the girl child and their high demand for prostitution and domestic helps could be reasons for more girls remaining vanishing than before. “In one district of Assam alone we received complaint of over 150 missing girls. Our analysis show that there is an increase in demand for young girls,” Satyarthi said.

Reporting of missing children in India has improved in recent years after the Supreme Court made it mandatory for the police to register a case on a missing child report.

The increasing number of untraced cases showed that finding these children is not a priority. Of 2,887 children reported missing in Delhi this year, only 832 were traced. In Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the untraced children were more than those restored back to their families.

Missing children untraced

2013* 15,130 - 58%
2012 65,038 - 41.5%
2011 59,668 - 37.41%
2010 53,897 - 30.12%

* Till July 2013 for 24 states

source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/One-of-2-missing-kids-in-India-lost-forever-trafficking-on-rise/Article1-1116448.aspx
 

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A couple of observations. Tell me if I am seeing things.

In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court made it mandatory for police to report cases of missing children we read

The data from 24 states for this year showed that 15,130 children went missing with just 6,269 found. States such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra did not provide data on missing children, a reason for low figure as compared to previous years.
Next an interesting pattern where 2 dots may make a line. The states mentioned West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra (which did not provide data on missing children) are also in the top 10 for dowry deaths per the conversation about an article on dowry deaths that you posted yesterday. Add 2 more states in the top 10 for dowry deaths, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, based on
The increasing number of untraced cases showed that finding these children is not a priority. Of 2,887 children reported missing in Delhi this year, only 832 were traced. In Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu,
And then,
A deeper look into the home ministry’s data showed that if a child goes missing probability of finding girls was less than that of boys.

Till July 2013, around 63% girls could not be found, a percentage more than their share in total missing children. In 2012, this percentage for girls was 60%, around five percentage points more than 2011.
Two domains within the central government are tracking these data: The National Family Health Survey and the National Crime Records Bureau. Their efforts need to be supported. No data collection is going to be perfect, including survey data and police reports. However, from the information emerging from this week's reporting it is possible to see how policy making can be more effectively targeted at the state level, where it affects the health of children and women.
 

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