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Missing Children Of India

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Author: Bachpan Bachao Andolan

ISBN: 9789380828664

Binding: HB

Price: 495 Rs.

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About the Book

The issue of missing and trafficked children in India is a highly complex area of criminal activity even involving organised trafficking gangs. Sadly, however, there is little understanding of this issue and little research work has been carried out.

For the first time in India, comprehensive information on missing children has been collected, analysed and reported by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA). This study has yielded an extremely alarming figure of 1,17,480 missing children from 392 districts of India (as data from other districts was not available), from January 2008 to January 2010. Out of this, 74,209 children were traced whereas 41,546 children remain untraced. BBA believes that this is only the tip of the iceberg as majority of cases of trafficking of children, including for forced labour, go unrecognised, unreported and uninvestigated.

The overall paradigm of this grievous issue includes various causes of children going missing for forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, begging, organ trade, medical testing etc. Besides, abandonment, animosity, natural calamities, etc., also result in a child going missing. Nevertheless, a child missing is not considered in the legal system as a heinous crime resulting in large number of cases either not being registered or with little investigation and follow up. BBA has been working in the area of missing children and has come across dozens of cases of missing children requiring legal assistance.

The study focuses on the possible reasons that contribute to the lacklustre law enforcement response to the problem of missing children in the country in the form of gaps in policy, knowledge, resources, institutional capacity and commitment / political will.

Based on the gaps, the study recommends a highly skilled investigation and rapid response agency/task force on missing children, formation of National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and establishment of a centralized data bank. The study has also recommended development of a Standard Operating Procedure for investigation and proposed a definition of Missing Children and policy guidelines on trafficking and missing children.

About the Author

Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) started in 1980 as the pioneer people's movement against child and bonded labour in India. BBA’s vision is to create a child-friendly world, where all children are given quality education and are free from any exploitation. Working endlessly for a holistic solution to child labour, BBA is actively involved with the community at many levels–from grass roots to advocacy for policy change with policy makers.

BBA has rescued more than 80,000 child labourers so far. In addition, BBA has transformed 317 villages in India into Bal Mitra Grams (Child-Friendly Villages), rehabilitated over 5000 rescued children in its three rehabilitation centres and affected major policy changes through campaigns and judicial interventions.

BBA has traced and shaped the history of child labour movement not just in India but also across the world and generated global awareness on child labour through various campaigns including the Global March Against Child Labour in 103 countries in 1998 leading to the ILO Convention 182.

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