The children of India have constitutional and legal rights for their care, protection, treatment, development, protection, rehabilitation, and re-integration. These rights are violated when children are subjected to abuse, exploitation, and violence. The Commission has been monitoring all cases of missing children brought before it by Delhi Police as per the Directions of Hon’ble Delhi High Court and take cognizance on the complaints received through email, social media/WhatsApp/print media. The Commission also take Suo-moto cognizance in matters relating to missing or kidnapped children, inquires such matters and recommends appropriate proceedings such matters.
The role of the Commission assumes great significance considering the fact that more than 6000 children go missing in the state of Delhi every year. In the last one year, the Commission has issued notices to Delhi Police in 4798 FIR lodged wherein children were reported missing. Out of these cases of missing children, 1541 children have already been traced by June 2021. Also, 33 of these children traced were found to be survivors of sexual abuse, and hence are being provided help / support by the Commission with respect to legal, healthcare, education, financial, psychological and other required matters directly or in collaboration with the other stake holders and state institutions.
Missing Children Unit is also responsible for taking preventive measures to curb children from going missing and tracking / monitoring diligently the process for finding them.
The roles and responsibilities of the Missing Children Unit shall include but shall not be limited to the following: -