The Madras high court has ordered the state government to form a special child-missing squad with officers trained in such cases, and expressed worry over growing incidents of missing children in Tamil Nadu.
Passing a fresh order on a habeas corpus petition on missing children, a Division Bench comprising Justices S Nagamuthu and V Bharathidasan said a special unit can be entrusted with the job which could do justice in case of child theft.
The judges said they do not want to refer the cases either to cbcid or central/district crime branch, since they are already overburdened. They have to handle frauds, murders, law and order, besides other responsibilities, judges said, adding that only a special unit could do justice to child thefts and child lifts.
“We are anxious. We don’t know whether they are stolen for sale or for their organs,” the bench remarked.
The bench suggested taking of the thumb and foot prints of all new borns in hospitals across the state, especially in those run by the government, and storage of the data in digital format to enable identification of a missing child when traced.
As for the already missing children, the bench said the government must implement its own scheme of providing Rs 3 lakh compensation to families of children missing and remaining untraced for more than seven years.