Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday directed Additional Inspector General of Police Legal to collect data of missing children on the bases of cases reported at various police stations in the province.
Headed by chief justice Mushir Alam, the division bench was seized with petition filed by a nongovernmental organization, seeking court directives to the police to consider cases of missing children as a cognizable offence and initiate their investigation without any delay.
Petitioner, Roshni Research Development Welfare, through its president Muhammad Ali submitted that cases of missing children were not being properly investigated and many children have lost their lives as a result.
He stated that 5,000 to 6,000 children go missing every year but due to deliberate negligence on the part of the police that do not give importance to these cases the whereabouts of many children remain unknown.
He submitted that police did not treat the missing children’s matter as a cognizable offence and an FIR in such cases was not usually registered. He said hundreds of children were missing but the police did not take any step to find them.
He said that if a missing child is not recovered within 48 hours, the police should be made bound to register a kidnapping case and investigate the matter in accordance with the law.
The court directed the AIG Legal to collect data of missing children reported in different districts at police stations and a detailed report regarding pending of such cases, number of recovered children and number FIR lodged in this regard be furnished.
The court also issued notice to Citizens Police Liaison Committee CPLC to provide data in this regard.