The Delhi police informed the High Court on Friday that more than one thousand of the missing children in the city have been rescued by them in the past one year.
Filing an Action Taken Report before a division bench, the Commissioner of Police claimed that 1,111 children were rescued since September last year after raids conducted by police stations individually and jointly with the help of other agencies.
"The offenders found to be involved in the commission of various offences under IPC, Bonded Labour Act and Abolition of Child Labour Act and Juvenile Justices Act were booked and trials are pending in the courts of Metropolitan Magistrate (MM)," said the police while furnishing the date from various districts about the rescue operations.
It was also claimed that when the police come across a child who is unable to provide information about his/her parentage and address, a standing order was issued to all police stations to register criminal cases to ascertain parentage and address of the child, the circumstances under which the child got separated from family and involvement of any organised criminal gang.
The response from the department came following a direction from the court for updated status report pertaining the missing children cases.
Taking a suo motu cognisance over a media report that every day more than 15 children go missing from Delhi and the police have failed to maintain data and a record of cases, the court had directed the police to register FIRs and not to harass the parents.