National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Punjab State Human Rights commission (PSHRC) to take action into the case of 35 missing children - 24 girls and 11 boys - who were missing under mysterious circumstances, some from as long as January 2013.
Vinod Kumar Tikoo, chairperson of the Working Group on Substance Abuse among Children has filed a complaint with the NHRC and requested that it issue directions to the Punjab government and Jalandhar police to trace the missing kids as soon as possible.
But, NHRC said that the complaint has been transferred to the PSHRC since the matter deals with the state. NHRC said that under sections 13(6) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 the state has been asked to dispose the matter in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
Tikoo had claimed that the state does not seem to be concerned about the issue at all and sought a report from the Punjab government on the steps taken by the Jalandhar administration on recovery, restoration and rehabilitation of the missing children as well as on the measures adopted by it to prevent such incidents.
HT had received the information about details of missing children under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
According to the information given by the police, 22 children, including 14 girls and eight boys, were missing in city police's jurisdiction while 10 girls and three boys were still to be traced by the rural police.
The family members say the police do not go beyond filing a daily diary report (DDR) in such cases and whenever people hold a protest, they register an FIR against unknown persons.
The majority of the missing children are from localities such as Rama Mandi, Basti Bawa Khel, Model Town, Jalandhar Cantonment, Maqsudan, Phillaur and Goraya areas of the district.
Maximum cases are reported at the Rama Mandi and Phillaur police stations.