Call it a pang of conscience or a genuine attempt to fulfill social responsibility post-Nithari killings, the government has gone into an overdrive to trace missing children.
In a first initiative of its kind, a joint venture of the ministry of Women and Child Development and the Unicef, the government is all set to launch a website to trace missing children.
“We expect to put up a pilot project on the web soon,” a Unicef official told HT. The pilot will connect a few cities with high human trafficking initially. In the years to come, the government plans to cover every police station and it will also be mandatory to put complete information on the website about each missing child report lodged in the country.
The information on the web would be available to all investigating agencies and NGOs across the nation. There will also be a facility for independent bodies to feed information about missing children.
“We are working on security aspects of such a facility,” the Unicef official said. So, if a child is found abandoned Delhi, the police would have a database to immediately find from where the child has gone missing. Webtracking, say officials, will not just help trace missing children but also expedite the process of restoration of the missing children to their families.
In many cases, government agencies take months to transport the child back to the parents citing administrative delays. “We believe the new system will bring accountability as it will be much more transparent process,” a WCD ministry official said. In another step, the WCD ministry is also asking the Home Ministry to amend CrPC to make a missing persons report a cognizable offence.