The Supreme Court on 13 January 2015 sought assistance of Premier institutes to find missing children every year and expressed deep concern over the failure of the Union Government to put in place a proper mechanism to trace missing children.
A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice U U Lalit sought assistance of premier institutes - Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of Delhi University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai to trace thousands of missing children every year.
The Court asked the Director of FMS of Delhi University, to appoint a competent faculty to study government website www.trackthemissingchild.gov.in and suggest ways by which it can be made effective in tracking missing children.
The court asked TISS director to set up a group which will study standard operating procedure (SOP) followed by different states and also the procedure suggested by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). It also asked the TISS institute to frame comprehensive guidelines which will be uniformly followed by all states.
The apex court slammed the Union government for not appointing Chairperson and other members to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and asked the government to take a decision for appointments to the NCPCR by 12 February 2015.
The court also directed Secretary to the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development to coordinate with their state counterparts in evolving a mechanism for tracking missing children.
The court requested National Police Academy (NPA) director to consult police authorities across India and to evolve a training module for police officers who handle such cases to sensitize them towards child rights.
The court also said that officials including police personnel need to be given proper training to prevent cases of missing children and to trace and rehabilitate the children.
Who: Supreme Court
When: 13 January 2015