Delhi High Court has issued multiple directions to Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Delhi Government on order to streamline the process of finding missing children.
The Division Bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, while issuing these directions, noted that on various occasions the local police / AHTUs functioning at district level are unable to trace missing children, whereas when the investigation is transferred by court to AHTU (Crime), typically the missing children are traced.
The said directions have come in a habeas corpus petition filed by a father, seeking the production of his minor girl-child, who was missing since October 14, 2019.
Considering the sensitive nature of the issues involved in this case, the court had sought certain suggestions from the Delhi Police to improve the process of tracing missing children.
The recommendations and suggestions received from the Delhi Police were recorded by the court in its previous order dated 20/12/2019.
In order to streamline the process of tracing missing children, the court has, therefore, issued the following directions to Delhi Police s week as the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of Delhi Government:
In light of these directions, the court has ordered both the Delhi Police as well as the Railways Ministry to submit an Action Taken Report before the next date of hearing.
The matter will next be taken up on March 3
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