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TNN | Jul 24, 2015, 05.20 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Over 130 children have been reported missing every day this year. About 15,988 children were reported missing this year till April 2015, of which over half (6,921) were untraced. According to National Crime Records Bureau on an average about one lakh children go missing every year.
About 90,654 children were reported missing in 2011 of which 34,406 were untraceable. The number dipped in 2012 to 65,038 children to increase again to 77,721 children in 2013 and 73,549 in 2014. The response was given by women and child development minister (WCD) Maneka Gandhi to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
The number of untraced children has also been high: 26,896 in 2012, followed by 41,089 in 2013 and 31,711 in 2014.
The WCD ministry has recently launched a web portal to track missing children called khoyapaya.gov.in. The portal is a citizen based website to exchange information on missing and found children. It has been developed by the WCD ministry and department of electronics and information technology (DeitY).
The website is an enabling platform, where citizens can report missing children, as well as sightings of their whereabouts without wasting much time. The 'Found' children can also be reported on this web portal. The reporting can be done through text, photographs, videos and other means of transmitting and uploading information.
Most missing children are trafficked for labour, for sexual exploitation, abducted, or kidnapped to be pushed in to crimes. The portal is expected to provide information related to these missing children with speed and accuracy.