The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a newspaper article raising the issue of large number of missing children across the country as well as existing legal frame work and gaps and loop holes in the technology to trace and unite the missing children with their families.
The NHRC has asked the Centre the submit the status of the technology being used to trace the missing children and unite them with their families.
“Accordingly, in order to know the present status of the technology being used to trace the missing children and unite them with their families, the Commission has issued notices to the Home Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Secretary, Union Ministry of Women & Child Development. They have been asked to give their comments in the matter along with the status of the initiatives taken including the portals developed by them by specifically mentioning whether the tools like ‘Facial Recognition Software’ have been added to match the records of the ‘missing’ and ‘found’ children,” the Commission said in a press release on Wednesday.
The Commission has also quizzed these Ministries whether the guidelines on missing children have been circulated and are being followed by the concerned agencies or not.
The two Ministries have been asked to respond in six weeks.
Post Nithari incident, the NHRC had formed a committee of experts in the year 2007 to examine the problem of missing children. Their report underscored that both the Central and the State Governments have to ensure realistic plans of action so as to make protection of children, a reality within a specific time frame. The report also emphasized that it would require massive mobilization of resources, strong political commitment and decentralized planning and management structure, including radical reforms in social services administration for efficient delivery of services.
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