Guwahati, Oct 1: More than 8,400 children were reported missing from Assam in the last five years, while nearly half of them remained untraced so far.
Altogether 8,443 children were reported missing from the state from 2013 to 2017, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed the state Legislative Assembly here today. He was replying, on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who holds the Home portfolio, to a question on child trafficking, raised by BJP legislator Dr Numal Momin.
The highest number of missing children cases in the last five years was reported in 2017 with 1,839 cases, followed by 1,733 in 2016 and 1,674 in 2015. Patowary further said, 4,377 missing children have been recovered in the last five years, while the remaining were untraced so far.
Among the rescues and recoveries, 1,086 children were recovered in 2017, while 911 children were recovered in 2015 and 901 in 2016. The minister also elaborated on the rehabilitation measures for the recovered children, as per provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, adding that stress on given on restoring the children with their families, wherever possible.
The children who are surrendered, abandoned or orphaned, are given for adoption, he further added. At present, there are 122 Child Care Institutions in the state, including four government-run children homes, five government-run observation homes and one government-run place of safety. (UNI)