With around 1,000 children, under the age of 15, going missing each passing year in Kerala, the state officials including politicians, police and child protection commission members are groping in the dark to curb the situation.
Though the police manage to find a majority of the kids, the conundrum of what and who caused the children disappear remains unresolved. The rise in the number of beggars in the State makes the people suspicious about the presence of a highly-connected and evolved beggar mafia behind the children’s disappearance.
Records of ‘Track Child’ system show that 874 children in Kerala went missing in the last one year, among which the police could recover 573 children. On August 22, five children have been reported missing and the police could track four of them. Though there are systems like ‘Track Child’ to trace the missing children, the number of cases being reported or known to the officials remains far away from the reality. ‘Track Child’ is a Central Government initiative to find missing children and the operation is jointly being carried out by the police, public and the Childline.