SC pulls up Bihar, Chhattisgarh over missing kids

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2014 10:18 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up Bihar and Chhattisgarh governments for failing to trace missing children in their states and not registering FIRs in the cases as well.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu expressed dissatisfaction over the status report filed by the two states and lamented that parents of missing children were suffering due to the state governments’ inaction.

In Bihar’s case it said cases were registered only in 40% instances, while 20% children were still missing.

The bench also took strong exception to Chhattisgarh government giving different figures of missing children before the SC and Rajya Sabha. It asked both states to file a fresh status report.

“You will be in trouble if the statements given by you in Rajya Sabha and before us are wrong,” it said, fixing November 13 to hear the state. The court order came on a PIL filed by Bachpan Bachao Aandolan, run by Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Bihar, submitted that in the last one year, 2,874 cases of missing children were registered and 2,241 children were found and 633 are still missing.

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