After SC order, Chhattisgarh cops form special teams to trace missing children
RAIPUR: With Supreme Court directing Chhattisgarh
government to trace missing children within a month, state police rushed to
form special teams to find trafficked children from different parts of country.
On November 13, the apex court had summoned Madhya
Pradesh chief secretary for failing in finding missing kids and ordered Bihar
and Chhattisgarh government to trace children who went missing between January
2011 and May 2014.
According to police, there are nearly 1,500 children
including girls who went missing during this tenure.
“Finding out if the children were kidnapped,
trafficked, pushed into begging or prostitution is the primary job in order to
trace them. SPs and their special teams are trying to figure out their location
by interrogating their parents," Tiwari said.
Official sources said that amid all the uproar after
Supreme Court’s order and Global Slavery Index report, police teams from
Farsabahar in Jashpur were sent to New Delhi to trace 10 children who were
allegedly trafficked for domestic slavery by placement agencies.
Police may catch a few traffickers after raiding
placement agencies in Delhi.
“Across India’s population of over 1.2 billion people,
all forms of modern slavery, including inter-generational bonded labour,
trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced marriage, exist. Evidence
suggests that members of lower strata mainly women and children being recruited
with promises of non-existent jobs and later sold for sexual exploitation, or
forced into sham marriages. Recent reports suggest that one child goes missing
every eight minutes; it is feared that some are sold into forced begging,
domestic work, and commercial sexual exploitation,” the Global Slavery Index
When contacted, Rishikant of Delhi based NGO
Shaktivahini which has been working with Chhattisgarh police for rescuing
children, said, “It should come forth as a joint effort from locals and
citizens who need to update police with any minor information they have which
would help in finding untraced children.”
Supreme Court had passed a slew of directions on a PIL
filed by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan alleging that over 1.7 lakh children have
gone missing in the country between January 2008-2010, many of whom were
kidnapped for trafficking in flesh trade and child labour.