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During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.

Sep 21, 2017
During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.  Giving details she said in 2014, 86 children went missing, 29 in 2015 and 47 in 2016. No case of abduction by an organised mafia has been reported in the state so far, she informed the house. 
 
Two years ago, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released a report stating that 1897 children were missing in Jammu Kashmir. The first missing case was reported in 2008. The disturbing data reflects that most of the missing cases have been reported in Jammu region. The number of missing children from Kashmir, according to reports is 526. The data shows alarming increase in crimes against children in the state despite repeated advisories of the government of India. The data also reveals that on an average one child has gone missing daily since 2008.  
 
The law enforcing agencies were able to trace out 235 but 255 remained untraced. Among the traced, 126 were male and 109 female. Only 139 cases, according to the report were registered out of which only 49 cases were charge sheeted by the police. The police arrested 122 persons. However, nobody has been held guilty till date. The number of children who went missing in 2013 was 431.  The percentage of missing children in the state stands at 29.7 percent. Jammu and Kashmir holds the seventh spot among  other states of India with West Bengal topping the list. Worried parents have blamed successive state governments for the increase in the number of missing children.  
 
The missing children from Kashmir division came to limelight following High Court intervention on Mehraan disappearance. The case was finally handed over to the CBI but nothing came out. It has been reliably learnt that the police has closed down the case as untraced recently. There is need to take tangible measures for protecting the children. Besides strict vigil by the security agencies, the parents too have a vital role to play.
 
Greater Kashmir, September 21, 2017

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