The Union Government on 2 June 2015 launched the Khoya Paya web portal Khoyapaya.gov.in, the first-of-its-kind citizen based website to exchange information on missing and found children.
It was jointly launched by Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister of Women & Child Development and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communication & Information Technology.
The web portal has been jointly developed by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
Khoya Paya web portal will establish citizen to citizen contact and will allow India to take part in search for missing children.
The citizens can aid in missing children’s search by reporting the whereabouts of the children through text, photographs, videos and other means of transmitting and uploading information on the site. Through this portal, parents or families are also advised to inform about their missing child to the nearest police station.
Khoya Paya portal is different from another portal named Track Child run by Union Ministry of Home Affairs which has limitation as only police communicates with the police and citizens are nowhere involved.
The missing children are a cause of deep concern not only for the Government but also for the child protection institutions, society and above all for the parents. These children are vulnerable to the mental and physical assault which leads to mental trauma for these children.
Further, most of the missing children are trafficked for labour, for sexual exploitation, abducted, or kidnapped, or due to crimes against children which is prohibited by the Article 23 (1) of the Constitution.
As per the information provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), number of missing children is about 70000 every year. Total recovered children since January 2012 up to April 2015 is 73597 as per the data available on Track Child portal of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
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Where: New Delhi
When: 2 June 2015