With the state-run National Informatics Centre unable to come up with a ‘facial recognition’ software to track missing children based on the database of the police and other institutions housing children, the government is looking for private partner to develop it.
The software, a brainchild of the Delhi High Court, will help match faces of children who go missing with those who are found and housed in different childcare homes.
The central government’s submission before a bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Sunita Gupta came while hearing a public interest case initiated by the court to curb the menace of missing of minor children in capital.
Earlier, Delhi police had submitted before the court that a whopping 7928 children went missing in Delhi in 2015, an increase of almost 1500 children from the preceding year.
Currently, Delhi Police as well as other Child Care Institutions are uploading photographs of the children who have gone missing or have been found, on ZIPNet (Zonal Integrated Police Network).
The Police Database could be used using ‘www.trackthemissingchild.gov.in’ to search for missing or found children. But the search option is limited to name, age, FIR number, missing date, and physical features of the missing child.
But the police and other institutions, working to trace missing children are facing difficulty in matching the missing children with the children recovered and housed in different institutions.
In a recent case, a child who had gone missing from the capital. Delhi police had uploaded the details on the ZIPNET on August 31, 2015.
The child was found by Uttar Pradesh Police near Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad on August 31, 2015 and was sent to Lal Bahadur Shastri Sudarshan Child Home at Vasundhra, Ghaziabad.
However, it took nearly 10 months before the missing child could be traced by Delhi police.