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Delhi HC seeks govt reply on PIL to use Aadhaar details of missing persons

The plea contended that the home ministry had not replied to a representation requesting it to ensure that a uniform process is followed to scan the biometrics of a missing person who has lost track of his/her identity.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2018 23:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The petition said that a procedure should be set in place to run the traced person’s biometrics through the Aadhaar database in order to reunite them with their families. (AFP File Photo)

The Delhi high court on Friday sought the Centre’s reply on a plea seeking directions for “utilising biometric or Aadhaar” details of missing children, aged persons and the mentally challenged in order to trace and reunite them with their families.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the ministry of home affairs on a plea of advocate Amit Sahni.

In his petition, Sahni had contended that the MHA had not replied to a representation requesting it to ensure that a uniform process is followed to scan the biometrics of a missing person who has lost track of his/her identity. The petition said that a procedure should be set in place to run the traced person’s biometrics through the Aadhaar database in order to reunite them with their families.

“There is no greater vacuum, no greater void than the helplessness felt by parents whose children have gone missing and the significance of timely recovering of the missing child can only be understood if one empathies with feelings of the missing child or that of a mother, who is unable to locate her child irrespective of the circumstances under which a child goes missing,” the plea said.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 23:22 IST