SHINING INDIA: Kidnap gangs continue to thrive in Delhi


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Kidnap gangs continue to thrive in Delhi (clap)(clap)(clap)
About five children go missing in the capital every day with many falling prey to begging and drug traffickers Police refused to file report for five days
By Nilima Pathak, Correspondent, Gulf NewsPublished: 00:00 May 21, 2011

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A report of the National Human Rights Commission says that at more than 60,000 children go missing in India, out of which a dismal 30 per cent are traced. Many of them end up working as child labour, drug mules or beggars.
New Delhi: Ishaan Singh's parents heaved a sigh of relief to see their son safely back home.
Police rescued the 18-month-old child a few days after being kidnapped by a five-man gang that includes the family's maid.
A son of prominent Delhi businessman Vikram Singh, Ishaan could be considered one of the very few lucky kidnap victims who have been rescued. More than 540 children have already been reported missing this year out of which only a few were recovered.
About five children go missing in the capital every day with many of them falling prey to begging and drug traffickingsyndicates.
While the High Court has maintained that the disappearance of children below 16 years of age should be taken seriously, the police have launched programmes like "eyes and ears" scheme. But there has been no end to kidnappings and no solution to find the missing children.
A report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says that at any given time, "more than 60,000 children go missing in India, out of which a dismal 30 per cent are traced. Many of them end up working as child labour, drug mules or beggars".
Startling revelation
The report made a startling revelation that in a recent incident in Delhi, a gang of seven headed by a woman was arrested for selling children to childless couples. The gang had allegedly kidnapped nine children and some couples bought the victims for Rs.50,000 (Dh4,063) to Rs.70,000.
Another eye-opener of the NHRC report was that at least 45 per cent of trafficked victims were below the age of 16 when they were first raped.
An official of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) corroborated the fact. He cited the recent case of a 16-year-old who was rescued from Govindpuri in Delhi. She had been brought from Cooch Bihar in Bengal in a state of advanced pregnancy. Exploited by her placement agency owner, the girl was malnourished and was forced to become a sex slave.
The official divulged: "In Delhi alone, over 100,000 kids are employed in various hazardous occupations. Several children are rescued from time to time, but abductions keep happening.
"Though a Delhi government judgment had said that if a child is employed in a hazardous occupation, the employer will be slapped with a fine of Rs.20,000. But despite a record number of kids rescued, the police manage to retrieve money worth only few million, though considering the number of children rescued the sum should run into several billions. "The situation has become such that it would mean every child in the country is unsafe unless the parents are more vigilant."
Non-cognisable offence
However, Delhi Police Commissioner B. K. Guptasaid: "Earlier we did not register FIRs [First Information Report] for missing children as it was a non-cognisable offence. But an order of the high court on September 16, 2009 asked police to maintain FIRs of all missing children. So now, any child missing, below 16 for boys and 18 for girls, is immediately registered as a case of kidnapping."
The Delhi Police had received 1,233 cases of kidnapping in 2008, but after the registration of FIRs the figure jumped to 2,254 in 2009 and 2,975 in 2010. And up till March 31 this year, 802 cases were registered, he informed.
The NGO official, however, stated that even now the police do not register FIRs in many cases.
"On top of that, they seriously investigate just about 15 per cent of complaints received. And in most cases investigations do not proceed more than 15-20 days.
"The result is that several children run into implications and are found either in a brothel, a roadside eatery or indulge in [begging]," he said.
The case of 12-year-old Tona is a glaring example of people not relying on the police and finally taking things into their own hands.
Six days after assurances and futile trips to the local police station, Tona's family gave up and decided to look themselves.
Armed with two passport-sized photographs, Tona's uncle, Kishan Lal Chaubey and his cousin sister, have been scouting the entire northwest district on a rickshaw mounted with an old borrowed loudspeaker, making announcements about the missing child.
Untiring efforts
The father-daughter team sets out in the morning and returns home when it is dark. They visit each market and residential colony, showing the photograph of Tona and seeking help in tracing him. Most parents feel the police generally try to help only children of rich parents.
As thousands of children go missing in the nation's capital, there has been hue and cry over the matter.
The NHRC has now asked the Centre and the Delhi government to file separate reports on the issue. Taking cognizance of reports that 17,305 children went missing in Delhi between 2008 and 2010, the NHRC said that it meant violation of human rights of children and negligence on the part of the state to provide protection to them.
This year, in March, the Delhi High Court had already asked the Police Commissioner to constitute a task force to probe the gangs involved in kidnapping children.
New Delhi Randhir Singh, owner of a tea stall in Jahangirpuri, had two children. In 2003, his brother and sister-in-law died, leaving behind 8-year-old Poonam, who had nowhere to go. Singh and his wife adopted her.
Tragedy struck in 2007. Poonam was sitting in the verandah, sketching in her art book.
"My wife, who could see Poonam from the drawing room, [but she] dozed off for a while. When she [woke] up, Poonam was missing. Her half finished artwork was lying on the floor. We looked everywhere and searched the neighbourhood, but found no clue."
Tired and dejected Singh approached the police. "They made fun that I should relax and that my daughter must have eloped with a boy. Poonam never went out alone and did not have any friends and I know she was kidnapped. But for five days the police refused to register an FIR. They did, only when I refused to [leave] the police station. But till date I have not heard from them," he said.
120,000: children missing nationwide in 2008-09
165: children going missing in India every day
17,305: children reported missing in Delhi in 2008-10
55%: girls among persons reported missing
No one tried to help us'
One-year old Anjali went missing on September 29 last year from ESI dispensary in Okhla Phase 1. She was sick and taken to the hospital for a check-up by her mother Urmila. When she went out to buy medicines for her daughter, someone picked up Anjali. Urmila searched the entire place, but it yielded no result.
The aggrieved mother says, "I have written letters to the Police Commissioner, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and several government officials, but no one has tried to help us."
Her husband works with a private export house and the couple resides in Saurabh Vihar in Jaitpur village.
Missing numbers
According to NGO, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the figure would be much higher if states like Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Punjab and Tamil Nadu provide information on missing children.
Only two states, Delhi and Haryana, have uploaded data on missing children on a centralized database to help track children.
This year, till April, 550 children went missing in the Capital and out of them only 146 were found.

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Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
It is a tragedy.
The other tragedy is that indian government has money to spend on the welfare of the Afghans/to buy more arsenal/ to make more missiles/ to make more nukes, and thus force Pakistan to follow suit, but not enough can be done for their own people.


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Yar apney aap ko theek karoo. leave india,. Ye baten Mulkoon mian hoti rati hian. what is happein in Pakistan is scary and unusual. killings of innocent people every day. Hakoomat badkar or begrat logon kay hathoon mian hia, kiya miltary waly or kiya politicians. sab kay sab begrat hian. Koom bewakoof oor jo log hum par hakoomat kar rahy hian en ki kohi history nahi hia hukmarani ki, esly aj original pakistani samney nahi aray, begarat, coward, shataan aray han. apny ap ko samabloo. jhoot moot ki philospy bayhian na karoo. apney aap ko theek karoo. ajeeb nation hia on the planet
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Leave india and look after Karachi.... Situation is worst than india under the rule of MQM.... majority of target killers and bhatta khors are from MQM and thye get training in india its on record. Take care of ur home first and then poke ur nose in enemies house...
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