Ludhiana, April 27 In an attempt to get his 12-year-old missing son traced, local businessman Pawan Kumar stumbled upon the data of the missing persons in the city. Using the Right To Information (RTI) Act, he found that out of 276 persons who were reported missing last year, only 46 were traced by the police.
The data further stated that out of the 43 persons who went missing till February 29 this year, only nine were traced. The data reflects that how inefficient the police are in tracing the missing persons.
Kumar, who lives in the Purana Bazar locality in the old city, had sought the information from the higher police authorities when his son Gaurav (12) had gone missing on October 28 last year. Since then, Kumar is running from pillar to post to know the whereabouts of his son. His son Gaurav is mentally retarted. "I am trying my best to trace my son but I am not satisfied with the efforts of the police," he added. He said Gaurav is the only brother of two sisters who also are in a state of shock ever since he has gone missing.
Kumar said he had paid umpteen visits to the police stations to get the status of his complaint about his missing son but to no avail. "Though the senior police officials constituted a committee to trace my son, police are not taking any pains to find my son," he added.
According to the data procured by Kumar, as many as 131 men and 57 women went missing last year out of which 14 men and eight women were traced. As many as 117 men and 49 women are still untraceable. The number of missing children is 72 boys and 16 girls. Of which 20 boys and four girls were traced while 52 boys and 12 girls are still missing.
This year till February 29, 19 men and eight women are missing. Of which 13 are boys and three are girls. Out of these, nine persons could be traced by the police.
SSP R K Jaiswal said, "Despite our limited resources, we do our best to trace the missing persons. We flash the pictures of the missing persons so that people come forward in helping us to trace the missing persons."
Missing children: Rights activist comes calling to the city today
Missing children: Rights activist comes calling to the city today
AS Reported in Express News Service Friday , May 16, 2008
Ludhiana, May 15 Sandhya Bajaj, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, New Delhi, will meet the parents of about half a dozen missing children from the city. She will visit the city on Friday.
In an official communication, Bajaj has told a local resident Pawan Kumar, the father of a missing child, Gaurav (12) who went missing on October 28, 2007, that she will meet him and other people at the Circuit House.
Speaking to Newsline, Bajaj said, "I am meeting parents of six to seven such children, who are missing and have not been traced till date. On basis of this information, the commission will ask for an action taken report from the local police as the task of tracing these children lies with the police. We would also look into cases as who have been traced and how the police have been able to trace these children."
It is pertinent to mention here in an attempt to get his 12-year-old son traced, Kumar stumbled upon the data of the missing persons from the city. Using the Right To Information (RTI) Act, he found that out of 276 persons who got missing last year, only 46 were traced by the police.
Besides, the data procured by Kumar further stated that out of the 43 persons who went missing this year till February 29, only nine were traced. The data reflected that how poor police are in tracing the missing persons.
Not satisfied with the police working in this case, Kumar had approached the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
CHANDIGARH: Is another Nithari threatening to unfold here? In just a span of one year, 276 persons - out of which 88 are children - have gone missing from Ludhiana alone. Armed with this information, procured through RTI, human rights activist Ranjan Lakhanpal has filed a PIL in high court, which is scheduled to come up for hearing on Tuesday.
Struggling to locate his son, Gaurav, who is specially abled and reading and speech impaired, 40-year-old Pawan Kumar Dawar, a Ludhiana resident, approached the lawyer. It was the ordeal of a father, whose 12-year-old went missing on October 28, 2007, that moved Lakhanpal, who then sought information through RTI about the number of people that had gone missing in 2007 from Ludhiana district. The information was shocking. Of the 88 untraceable kids, 72 were boys and 18, girls.
This PIL has brought back the horrifying memories of Nithari, particularly the half-hearted efforts of authorities to bring the missing home. In contrast to back-breaking efforts made by families, in most of the cases, officials didn't even register FIRs, leave alone serious investigation.
"The pain of a parent whose child has gone missing can't be described in words. It is a human problem that deserves to be taken with up with all seriousness that it deserves," the writ stated.
What rang warning bells for child rights activists was the sheer number of kids who can't be traced. "Often, missing children land up in gangs, which are involved in begging or other crimes. But police do not even register a case. It can generally be presumed that these children are kidnapped and made victims of human greed," said Lakhanpal.
Social activist Manju Bhalla added, "It's mostly children from poor families who go missing. Cops don't even lend an ear. The situation is getting serious day-by-day and to avoid Nithari-like incidents, pressure must be built on cops to find these kids."
Seconding that, retd justice RS Mongia, who heads Punjab State Human Rights Commission, said, "Police is duty-bound to investigate. In case it doesn't conduct a thorough probe, the aggrieved families can approach us."
Talking to TOI, Mohali SSP Jatinder Singh Aulakh said, "The general procedure involves registration of a DDR, following which efforts are made to trace the person. Sometimes, people return on their own. In other cases, bodies are also recovered."
The civil writ petition filed under Article 226 of Constitution of India has raised a few questions - "Whether the state is duty-bound to make efforts to trace missing persons and children, whether it is the state's duty to register a case, and finally, should a Children Protection Cell not be established in each district of Punjab."
The petition also pleads for directions to state government for making sincere efforts to trace missing persons and registration of FIRs in all such complaints.