Missing Children



  • In 5 states namely, Delhi and four neighbouring States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana, 9453 children went missing between Jan-July 2020.


  • Missing child has been defined as a person below 18 years of age, whose whereabouts are not known to the parents, legal guardians and any other person who may be legally entrusted with the custody of the child, whatever may be the circumstances/causes of disappearance.
  • A child goes missing in India every eight minutes. More girls go missing than boys.
  • Possible factors: Trafficking, Abandonment (based on gender, health/disability, children born out of wedlock), Theft of kids (for personal reasons), Natural calamities, Sacrifice/religious beliefs etc.

Challenges in rescue and rehabilitation of missing child

  • The figures are always under-reported either due to social stigma or due to non-cooperation from police officials.
  • The mechanism to trace missing children is weak and tracing these children’s families is never taken on priority. Many of the rescued children do not remember their address or other details of their parents.

Steps taken

  • Khoya-Paya portal to upload the information of the missing child.
  • Protected under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
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