Each year, one lakh children go missing in India — that’s one child every eight minutes. And despite the notable efforts of some, a missing child rarely comes home.
Since 2011, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 3.27 lakh children have gone missing across the country and nearly 1.5 lakh remain untraceable. The situation is particularly grim in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and the National Capital Region. Begging, domestic labour, human and organ trafficking are a few of the sordid situations missing children find themselves in. “The reasons are many, but the underlying cause is mostly poverty. In a space where there is poverty, children and women are first to get impacted, and more often than not, suffer the most as well,” says Soha Moitra of Child Rights and You (CRY), “The issue is a silent emergency that nobody is addressing.”
via Lost | Business Line.