18 children disappear in Delhi daily
Forced into prostitution, sold to childless couples and made to work as labourers in factories against their will, that's the tragedy of missing children in the Capital.
Data available with this reporter shows that out of 18 children who go missing daily, 10 are never traced.
On June 11, the Delhi Police along with non-governmental organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan raided some factories in Sultanpuri and rescued 39 children aged between 10-14 years. The children were made to work in the factory against their will, the police said.
NSP Tripathi, SDM, Rohini, said, "We and Bachpan Bachao Andolan got information that there could be some child labourers in factories in Sultanpur Mazra and Aman Vihar. We immediately raided the factories on Monday and rescued 39 children. Four of the factories have been sealed."
Till May, more than 2,396 children went missing out of which only 345 could be traced. In 2017, more than 6,454 children went missing and 7,500-plus cases were registered in 2015 and 2014.
In 2017, 363 boys of less than eight years were reported missing as against 217 girls. Most of these boys are stolen by gangs operating in hospitals, publicplaces and railway stations who sell them to childless couples.
If the children are about the age of 12, the boy-girl ratio changes. In 2017, 1,655 boys of above 12 years went missing in comparison to 3,536 girls of the same age group.
Most of these girls were sold to brothels. Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak said that such cases are the police's priority.
"We register every missing case and the police immediately starts investigation. Most missing children return on their own and we recover them too. Besides, we conduct raids to rescue child labourers and arrest human traffickers," Pathak said.