New Delhi: The increasing number of child abduction cases has raised a question over the security of minors in the country.

A report by National Crime Record Bureau in 2009 had revealed that on an average 8,945 cases of child kidnappings are reported each year. However, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) discovered through Right to Information that on an average 60,000 children go missing annually.

A programme organised by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) in the national capital on Friday unearthed the plight of the family members of the victims. The programme was aimed at discussing child safety, increasing number of cases of missing and abducted children being forced into child labour. The families of the abducted children from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi gathered at the venue where light was thrown on precautions to ensure child safety in India.

UK Chaudhary, Additional Commissioner said, “Police deals with the child abduction cases seriously. A special cell and data bank will be soon created for the purpose.”

Speaking on the issue, Amod Kanth, Chairman of Delhi Child Rights Protection Commission said, “Cooperation at all levels is needed in the cases regarding children.”

Expressing his plight, Banwari, a resident of Delhi said that police team had handed him the dead body of a child which was not of his abducted son.

Rehana, a Vasant Kunj resident pointed out the police dereliction in the case of her missing daughter Shabana. She said, “Initially, a case was lodged on July 8 rather than July 2 – the day when my child went missing, since then the police has made only assurances and has failed to trace my daughter.”