Delhi has 11,825 missing children

9 Mar

NEW DELHI: The North-East district of the national capital has earned the dubious distinction of having the largest number of cases of missing children to be tracked down, accounting  for about one-fifth of a total of 11,825 such cases. Out of a total of 11,825 cases of children going missing from the city, North-East Delhi accounted for 2,518 missing children who are yet to be tracked down followed by South Delhi with 2,061 cases.

According to Delhi Police statistics till September 1, Outer Delhi has 1,497 such cases followed by South-West district with 1,458 such cases. The figures for other police districts are West (1,341), East (1183), North-West (928), Central (348), North (317), New Delhi (79). A number of missing children are girls. “Some children ran away from their houses as their parents scolded them for something, some others ran away due to poverty and few others due to parental harassment,” a senior police official said. Asked whether the police has any inputs that any organised gangs were operating in North-East Delhi who were involved in kidnapping children from the locality, the official said there was no such information.

“We are keeping a watch and investigations are on,” he added. Interestingly, the North-East district also tops the list from where children who were abandoned or ran away from their houses due to a variety of reasons were found. A number of children who were found were mentally disturbed. Out of a total of 297 such cases, North-East Delhi accounted for 208 cases followed by 34 in West Delhi, 19 in North and 10 in East Delhi.


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