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44 days on, no FIR yet


New Delhi, August 20

There is no trace of minor siblings — Deepak and Anjana — who left their Faridabad residence for tuition 44 days ago . Their hapless father, Bans Bahadur Loni, has been doing rounds of the local police station for more than a month now, pleading with the authorities to lodge an FIR as mandated in such cases by the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently. Loni has had no luck.

“All I got from the local thana was a daily diary report. Hardly any effort was made to trace my children. I don’t know where to go. My boy is just 11-year-old and my daughter nine. Their mother died long ago,” Loni, a poor watchman at a Faridabad residential complex told The Tribune today.

As for the Faridabad police, it continues to display brazen contempt for law, as laid down on July 25 by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Referring to the landmark 2002 judgment of the Supreme Court in a related matter, the HC bench observed that every single case involving a missing child should be treated as a “cognizable offence” in which an FIR should be registered immediately. The HC ordered the Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh police to comply with immediate effect. Inquiries have revealed that in Haryana, the advisory to this effect was never even sent to SPs. As many as 3237 children went missing from Haryana since 2009 as per Home Ministry data. Out of these, 1517 are still untraced. Strangely, out of the untraced children, 899 are boys and 618 girls, pointing to the possibilities of use of boys in organ trade rackets.

Haryana, in fact, makes up for almost half (43.3 pc) of all 7,460 children who went missing from six northern states — Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, J&K, Himachal — in the last three years.

“This is because the state police lacks the will to treat such cases with the urgency they deserve. Haryana is in utter contempt of the law,” said Child rights advocate Ravi Kant, who petitioned Haryana DGP last week in respect of the Faridabad case. He has not heard back nor has an FIR been lodged. The children remain missing since July 9. “We are preparing to file a contempt petition in this matter,” Kant said.

NS Virk, Joint Commissioner Police, Faridabad, was not available for comments. It is learnt that he ordered the SHO concerned in Faridabad’s Sector 21 area to register a case. But action has not been taken yet.

Over 200 Warum auch du roulette gratis spielen solltest? Nun, hier wirst du deine Langeweile im Nu vergessen und hast zudem die Moglichkeit, hohe Gewinne zu erzielen. minors go missing in 6 months One-fourth of 800 missing are children
Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28

In a disturbing trend, a minor goes missing every day in Haryana. In the past six months, over 200 children, including 72 girls, have gone missing in the state, a development which has a direct bearing on the safety of the missing chidren.

In fact, the districts bordering Delhi in the National Capital Region (NCR) seem to be reporting highest number of missing children. The urbanised and crime-prone district of Faridabad reported the highest number of missing children with 45 children reported missing in the past six months. Suprisingly, out of these 45 missing children, 20 were girls. Sonepat with 33 missing kids and Hisar with 23 missing children were the other districts with a sizable missing population below 18 years.

Since June 28,2011, over 800 persons went missing in the state out of which nearly 250 were women above 18 years and over 200 children up to the age of 18 years. In all, over 1,600 children are reported to be missing in Haryana.

Expressing concern at the increasing number of missing children, a senior police official said the rise in number could be the result of the registration of cases in case of the missing persons which was not the case earlier. However, the involvement of the children trafficking gangs in the state could not be ruled out particularly in the districts in the NCR near the National Capital, he said, adding that nearly five minors went missing in Delhi every day.

The disappearance of the children in northern states was cause of concern for the authorities. The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) of the Union Home Ministry recently organised a workshop here to study the problem at the grassroots level and formulate a strategy to tackle the problem.

Meanwhile, data showed that Sonepat, with 40 cases, led the state in case of missing women (above 18 years), a majority of whom were married. Intriguingly, 27 minor boys went missing in Sonepat in the past six months. Similarly, Faridabad with 25 cases of minor boys missing reported 32 cases of women (above 18 years) missing. In Hisar, 34 women above the age of 18 years went missing as compared to 23 cases of minors, including 15 boys, gone missing.

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