NEW DELHI: The Indian government has launched a website named “Khoya-Paya” or “Lost & Found” to help families find millions of children who go missing every year either abducted for forced labour or for sexual exploitation.
This website khoyapaya.gov.in was launched by Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, the website would allow parents to register details of missing children and citizens to report sightings.
Police and state authorities will share this information in order to investigate the complaint lodged to them. “It was felt that we could have this portal, where if a child goes missing, families can put the details and the picture onto Khoya Paya”, said Gandhi on the launching of this website.
Telling the details, Gandhi said that around 70,000 children go missing every year in India citing figures from the National Crime Records Bureau. But only 73,597 children have been traced between January 2012 and April 2015, she added.
A government statement in this regard said that many of the country’s missing children come from poor rural areas or urban slums where they are at high risk.
Child rights activists welcomed the initiative and dismissed claims that it would only serve a small fraction of the country’s population, about 25 percent of whom are internet users.