The number of missing children has been exponentially increasing in Kerala, according to the Home Department. The officials have stated that about 1,200 children have gone missing this year so far.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in October, had announced in the Assembly that the number of missing children is increasing and also put forth the numbers that stated so. He said that the total number of children missing in 2011 was 952, of which 923 were traced. In 2012, the figure was 1,079 of which 1,056 children were traced. The number increased to 1,208 in 2013, out of which 1,188 were traced. This again increased in 2014 to those missing being 1,229 and those traced as 1,195. While in 2015, the number was 1,630, of which 1,617 children were traced.
One of the main concerns is that among these missing children, the number of girl children is more. This trend, according to the Women’s Commission, is a problem that requires immediate attention.
Commenting on this, Adv. Shiji Shivaji, member of State Women’s Commission, says, “It is really unfortunate to know that out of the children missing from various parts of the State, girl children are more in number. It is high time the government comes up with an efficient solution for this. I would also like to inform the parents that they should immediately contact the authorities if their child goes missing so that it is easy for the police to track them.”