File detailed affidavits on missing people: HC to govt

File detailed affidavits on missing people: HC to govt

The Karnataka High Court directed the Home Secretary and the Social Welfare and Women and Child Development departments to submit affidavits on the measures to be taken by them for rehabilitation of rescued women and children.

A division bench headed by Justice Raghavendra Chauhan issued the directions while expressing their strong disappointment over the affidavit filed by the Director General of Police, containing details of missing persons, including men, women and children from January 2015 to June 2018.

The court stated that the submission made by the state is vague and misplaced.

The state government submitted that 88% of the persons missing from the state have been traced. To this, the court orally expressed that the police has claimed that 88% of the missing persons have been traced but there is no data on the percentage of missing persons who remain untraced which is the court’s concern.

The court also orally observed that there is a lot of contradiction between what they have submitted and what has been stated in the affidavit. The court also sought to know as to how many women and children were traced or rescued in anti-trafficking cases.

 The court also observed that the number of women who were missing was a high number. The bench expressed its fear if the women from the state were being trafficked into flesh trade. 

The court was hearing a suo motu habeas corpus petition about the 17-year-old Ram Lakhan, a native of Madhya Pradesh, who went missing from the city in April 2017.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case until September 25.