Unable to control the rising number of missing children, the Delhi Police have now identified 18 dark spots from where a number of kids have gone missing. There are five areas from where over 100 children went missing within a year. All these areas lie in the city's outskirts.
While focusing on these areas, the police plan to launch schemes to reduce the number. "We have 180 police stations of which 18 have been shortlisted and put under a specific category," a senior police officer said.
Some of these areas include Khajuri Khas, Karawal Nagar, Ranhola, Aman Vihar, Gokulpuri, Shahbad Dairy, Sultanpuri and Vijay Vihar, among others.
Apart from that, a programme named 'Pehchaan: Safeguarding the Childhood' has been launched to maintain a database of minors in the city. Children from slum clusters and resettlement colonies - largely from below poverty line families - will be registered and photographed from time to time.
"We have already registered nearly 80,000 kids from slum areas. The parents usually don't have their children's pictures, which made it difficult to trace a missing child," a police officer said. NGOs will assist the police and brief parents and children about the importance of being registered.
Police said the photographs will be given to the parents in a CD. "If photographs are available, they can be uploaded to ZIPNET, a network that connects Delhi Police with other state police, and tracing children will get easier," the officer added.