Imphal, Nov 18 : The Manipur Alliance for Child Rights today demanded that the state government take the help of a portal launched by the Centre to track children gone missing from the state.
Trackthemissingchild.gov.in is the portal launched by the Union woman and child development ministry to serve as a central database of children who have gone missing in different parts of the country.
The ministry on September 18, 2012, launched a web portal to co-ordinate among child homes, police departments and state governments.
The organisation presented statistics of various crimes against children in the past two years. The data showed that 42 children were sexually assaulted, 86 were victims of child trafficking — of them 11 are still untraceable, 46 were victims of bomb blasts, kidnapping, molestation, assault, gun attack, 27 died in different incidents, including rape and communal clashes.
From 2009 till now, the organisation has covered 38 villages of four districts — Chandel, Ukhrul, Bishnupur and Churchandpur — in its survey.
Keisham Pradeep Kumar, convener of the organisation, said, “The number of children who had left the villages is 362, of whom 79 were found outside the state and the rest inside. Of 362 children, 353 were trafficked in the name of studies and nine through promise of jobs, as stated by the family members.”
Montu Ahanthem, the co-convener, said, “This is data collected from just four of the nine districts. From this data, we observe an alarming rise in child trafficking. We are asking the government to introduce ‘track child’ portal in the nearest future.”
The NGO blamed the government for child trafficking as funds for Right of the Children to Free and Compulsory Education are not utilised properly. In another news conference today at the press club, a joint action committee against the rape of a 13-year-old at Koirengei in Imphal West in April demanded punishment of the guilty.