38 children missing but only 19 FIRs

villagers claim 38 children are missing and allege the police did not register any complaints, reports Kapil Datta.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 01:22 IST

More than 30 parents in Nithari village claim their children are missing and allege the police turned them away when they went to register complaints.

In the last two-and-half years, the police have registered 19 complaints of children missing. But villagers claim 38 children are missing. Of the 19 cases, five children have returned home.

“The police turned us away when we went to register complaints. They do not have the names of the missing children. How are they going to find out if our child was not killed by Satish? What if our children’s skeletal remains are never found? Will that mean our child was not murdered?” asked Mukesh Kumar, whose eight-year-old daughter is missing since June 2005.

SSP RKS Rathore, however, denied laxity on part of the police in registering cases. "Skeletons will be identified through DNA tests. Family members of the missing children will also be called in to see if they can help in identifying the bodies,” he said.

Sunita, whose 10-year-old daughter Jyoti is missing since June last year, said, “I still believe she may have been sold and I would see her someday."

Parents of some families took samples of clothes worn by their children to the police to see if they matched cloth pieces on the skeletons. Others alleged the police did not allow them to go near the burial site or show them the remains and other items that could have helped them identify their children’s bodies.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 01:22 IST