HC: Set up panel to oversee progress in tracing minors

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh High Court has directed the state government to set up a committee to oversee the progress in efforts to trace minor girls and boys who have been reported missing from the state.
In course of hearing a case related to missing minor children, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Gupta, on Monday, expressed serious concern over missing girls, saying that they could fall victim to exploitation.
The committee comprising secretary women and child development department and additional director general of police (CID) will oversee the cases concerned and give appropriate directions to the police. Earlier, the high court had taken cognizance of media reports regarding child trafficking and the cases of missing children while issuing notices to the state government and seeking details of missing children from across the state.
The state government, in its reply, submitted that 1,179 minors were reported missing from across the state during the last 16 years after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000. It also submitted that the state had carried out a campaign ‘Operation Muskaan’ and also set up teams at police station level to trace the missing children. As per statistics, all these missing minors, including 795 girls, are less than 17 years.