Published By: Bachpan Bachao Andolan
Published Year: To be confirmed
When BBA initiated a campaign on missing children in Delhi, it came across dozens of cases which (at that time) had not been registered or investigated by the police or any other statutory authority. The parents were tired of running from pillar to post and many had given up all hopes of ever being able to recover their children. The parents were also giving clues to the police, however their complaints were only recorded in the station records but no FIRs were lodged and investigated. Concerned with the situation, BBA wrote to the Chief Justice of India asking him to intervene into the matter understanding that the issue of missing children was much wider in scope and much worse probably in its dimension in other remote corners of the country. The campaign kick started and the issue was later taken up by the Delhi High Court taking cognizance of the issue as a suo moto writ petition. In the petition, Mr. H.S. Phoolka, Senior Advocate and BBA's counsel was designated as amicus curiae in the matter to assist the court. In due course of time, the court directed the police to register criminal cases and to investigate each and every missing child in Delhi. The biggest impact of elaborate direction by the court have resulted in a case being filed and investigated by the police (since 2009).
This research study has been carried out not only to understand the nature and extent of the problem of missing children but also to come out with a situational analysis of the policy framework. This study also tries explore gaps and suggests recommendations to move forward collectively on this issue. This research study also focuses on sensitising general public, the government machinery as well as draw attention of all concerned to the issues of child rights.
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