688 children missing since 2016 in Tamil Nadu, yet to be traced

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu police informed the Madras High Court on Monday that 668 children were missing since 2016, who are yet to be traced.

G Nagajothi, assistant inspector general of police said,“Out of 9,882 children who were reported missing between 2016 and August 31, 2018, the state police has traced 9,1777 children and another 17 by the Anti-Child Trafficking Unit (ACTU). About 666 children are yet to be traced by the police and 22 by the ACTU”.

The state made the submission following a plea moved by B Nirmal of Exnora International, seeking a probe into two children of homeless families who went missing in the city.

When the plea came up for hearing, a division bench headed by Justice M Sathyanarayanan inquired if the authorities had conducted any investigation in connection with unauthorised and unregistered children homes and orphanages functioning in the state and then called for a report to be filed by the director of the social welfare department by October 25 on the number of unauthorised homes and measures taken by the authorities to check on them.

According to a report filed by the police, from 2016 to August 31, 2018, 9,573 cases of missing children have been registered. Further, 4,409 cases have been filed for exploitation of children and 874 cases have been registered for maiming a minor and procuring of minor girls.

Edited by- Disha Jana