Raipur: As many as 1012 children, including a maximum number of the girl children, were reported missing from Bilaspur in last three and a half year, raising the alarm bell for the entire government machinery. According to information, police had rescued 850 children out of the aforementioned children. There was no clue about162 missing children.
According to social activists, most children fled their houses on their own wish and got trapped by the groups engaged in anti-social activities. Meanwhile, police have once again initiated a search for the missing children.
The number of girls missing is higher than their boy counterparts
Year Boys Girls Total
2018 66 232 298
2019 46 271 317
2020 33 188 221
2021 (till Aug 1) 29 147 176
According to SP Deepak Jha, most of the missing children were rescued, and the search for the remaining children was on. Teams could not be formed in recent days because of the Covid pandemic as it was not possible to tour other states during this period. Meanwhile, a meeting of the police officers was convened on Thursday evening for preparing an action plan for the rescue of missing children.
850 children could be rescued out of 1012 children
Year Boys Girls Total
2018 61 218 279
2019 45 244 289
2020 30 143 173
2021 (till August 1) 20 89 109
Most children leave the house in anger or in greed
According to social worker Ankita Pandey, children either leave their houses due to atrocities on them or after being lured by others. She said that children, who are often beaten by parents, used to leave their houses more than in any other case. Such children either spent their life on the roadside or get trapped in criminal gangs. In most cases, it has been seen that children have left their houses on their own.
A petition regarding missing children was filed in HC
In 2016, public interest litigation was filed in the Chhattisgarh High Court. The then State Legal Services Authority executive president and HC retired justice Pritinkar Diwakar had asked for a special campaign to rescue the missing children. Directives were issued to seek the help of educational institutes, government servants in rural areas and voluntary organizations.