SHC issues show-cause notice to top officials in missing children cases

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) issued show-cause notice to deputy inspector general of four districts over their failure to submit reports regarding missing children cases in their districts.

A division bench headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai was seized with the hearing of a petition seeking court directives to Sindh police for considering the missing children cases a cognizable offence and registering FIRs in this regard.

The petitioner, non-government organization, Roshni Research and Development Welfare, stated that cases of missing children were not properly investigated as a result, many children lost their lives..

Advocate Naveed Ahmed representing Roshni Research and Development Welfare, said that according to the organization’s data, about 5,000 to 6,000 children go missing every year but due to reluctance of police, the whereabouts of many children cannot be traced and they are left at the mercy of kidnappers. He said police registered complaints about missing children in daily dairies but they did not register FIRs.

He said the police did not treat the missing children’s matter as a cognizable offence. Therefore hundreds of children were still missing but the police did not take any step to investigate such cases. He said that if a child was not found within 48 hours, then the police should be bound to register a kidnapping case and investigate.

Earlier, the court had directed DIGs of Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Sukkur to submit their reports on missing children cases.

The two-judge bench observed that DIGs of four districts had not complied with its order and issued show-cause notice to them to explain as why action should not be taken against them for non-compliance of the court order.